Type 1 Font -- How do I tell which fonts are Type 1??

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Hi,

 

How can I tell if a font on my Mac -- or in my InDesign document is Type 1 font?

Can you advise what type fonts I need to use?

 

For classroom lessons, I use special fonts such as "Rad" (skateboarders form letter for words) and Toolbox (tools form letters for words).  Are these Type 1 fonts?  My students enjoy these speciality fonts - - I hope they continue into the future.

 

Thanks,

JoAnn

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Adobe Community Professional , Jul 05, 2021 Jul 05, 2021
Hi @JoAnn H: You can see the type of fonts you have installed by examining the right column in the fonts list. All of the Adobe fonts that come with your CC subscription (cloud icon or O) are OpenType fonts. TT designates TrueType. You will see a T1 by the Type 1 fonts. I don't have any installed at this point so I can't show you one in my list. Specialty fonts come in all varieties. For classroom lessons they can use whatever they like. For professional print jobs I'd encourage the use of Ope...

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Did you install these yourself? In which case, the file extension will likely be the first clue.

TrueType : (extension .ttf or .ttc) or OpenType (extension .otf). Either of these are just fine for use

Type 1 fonts were originally two-part files on the Mac which have been been slowly disappearing since OS X came out, and as you are probably finding out, support for them is ending soon.

 

Without knowing the file extension, to check what you have:

1) At a System level, if you are not using a font manager, go to Font Book, select the font you want in the list, and look at info (Command-I), The "Kind" will be a few items down in the list.

 

2) You can also just check in InDesign. If you are using the font in a document, go to the menu Type > Find Font, and a list of all the fonts in the document will show. Current InDesign versions will alert you right away that a font is a Type 1 (see attached : note the "a" with an alert sign beside it). Regardless, if you select the font in the list, in the Info section below (Click "More Info" if it isn't currently visible), the font Type is usually the 4th line. If it just says "Type 1", there ya go!

Note: Opentype fonts may say either "Opentype Type 1" or "Opentype TrueType" depending on its internal format... the former is not the same as a "Type 1".

 

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Hi @JoAnn H:

 

You can see the type of fonts you have installed by examining the right column in the fonts list. All of the Adobe fonts that come with your CC subscription (cloud icon or O) are OpenType fonts. TT designates TrueType. You will see a T1 by the Type 1 fonts. I don't have any installed at this point so I can't show you one in my list. Specialty fonts come in all varieties. For classroom lessons they can use whatever they like. For professional print jobs I'd encourage the use of OpenType fonts. 

 

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You can check an existing document for Type 1 fonts by opening Type > Find/Replace Fonts. type2.png

~Barb

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I totally agree with Barb. Her suggestions are the best solution.

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