What are your thoughts on using TT fonts for print?

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May 14, 2009 May 14, 2009

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I have always avoided using TT fonts for print, but recently received a template for print that used all True Type fonts in its style sheet. Do you think I'll have problems with the fonts becoming corrupt or any other prolems?

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There is no good reason to avoid TrueType fonts for printing. Your choice of font should be based on design considerations and availability from a reliable font foundry, not on whether it is Type 1 or TrueType.

All Adobe PostScript 3 and PDF-based printer RIP products (as well as most Adobe PostScript Level 2-based printer and RIP products beginning in 1995 or so) have natively supported (i.e., no phoney baloney on-the-fly lossy conversions to Type 1) rendering of TrueType fonts including use of the "hints" included in such fonts.

A properly designed and executed TrueType font will render and print every bit as well as a Type 1 font. In terms of crufty amateur-hour fonts downloadable on the web, we've seen as many Type 1 versions of such fonts as we have seen TrueType versions.

          - Dov

- Dov Isaacs, former Adobe Principal Scientist (April 30, 1990 - May 30, 2021)

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