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jAQUAN..need some help understanding something..

jAQUAN..need some help understanding something..

jAQUAN..need some help understanding something..

bro can you do me a favor and explain in detail the difference between TRUE TYPE fonts and POSTSCRIPT fonts..i think i understand but i just want to make sure i am clear on this..

a star for your time..


RE: jAQUAN..need some help understanding something..

One of the first things Adobe did after aquiring Aldus and their map making app called Illustrator is decide these neat vector thingies were useless unless you could deploy them anywhere with the same quality. That was before the internet so quality output became their main and only focus. The first item on the agenda was vector quality printing. They needed a means of communicating with a printer the same way it did with the monitor as far as how to plot and draw the shapes. This required reinventing the printer more so than rewriting AI's code. The postscript language was born and Adobe had upgraded an entire industry for the second time since its release of photoshop. With the infrastucture already out there, fonts based in postscript was a no-brainer. This, like all new technologies only worked well with original adobe fonts.

Enter True Type fonts. Like all the ideas that resembled innovation on Microsofts part, this too suffered from poor implamentation on the way to the bank. Rather than adapt to it, microfluffy sought to buck the standard. This only reaked havoc on print servers everywhere as they would crash at the site of these gremlins. TT have come along way but are still to be viewed as the red-headed bastard step-cousin of postscript.

Both technologies have cleaned up their act since, so much so that about a year ago Adobe announced it would no longer support ATM Deluxe (no more upgrades). Life is much better today, with font managers like Suitcase and reputable foundrys like HOUSE you can do just about anything you want except use other OS's fonts..... or can you?

Just yesterday Adobe announced that they have along side Microsoft finished a new universal standard called 'opentype' and has converted it's latest release of the Font Folio over to this format.... Here we go again.


Adobe Converts Entire Type Library Into OpenType

BEHOLD! As Steve Jobs introduces us the latest in desk-lamp technology! http://www.apple.com

RE: jAQUAN..need some help understanding something..

awesome bro..but some more if you don't mind..working with print..what and when do you reccomend postscript or truetype..how do i ensure that the printer i am working with will be able to handle what i'm sending them..do i always include the machine fonts with files i send to the printer..i also read somewhere about sending the data or ascII version of the font..huh?..anyways can you go into some details of problems you have had..and the solutions..

sorry but my company is starting to get off the ground now, fresh out of school and there is alot they just don't teach..learning as i go..

just the other day i learned how important it was if you are going to use spot colors, make sure you choose the spot or process option in the swatch pallet  :)

a two color spot would have turned into a two color process and uped the bill if i didn't spend all night re-doing the darn file..


for any advice you care to share more of..



RE: jAQUAN..need some help understanding something..

Im glad you're enthusiastic, your going to need to be :)

As far as your choice of fonts go, always try to get postscript, you can use truetype but you're more likely to have problems when sending the files out. I recommend buying the latest font folio from adobe. myfonts.com has a really cool tool called whatthefont that will match fonts for you.

As far as really good advise, I highly recommend getting a copy of Flightcheck and living by it. Use a font manager like suitcase, devise a naming scheme for your files and stick to it strictly. I have had people come to me with a t-shirt they want rebuilt not knowing I made the dern thing for someone else two years ago. Its always nice to be able to find the file in your archives and re-sell the art :)

Oh, and on that spot job, you can get out of some 4c binds by forcing all of one color to magenta and the other to cyan leaving the yellow and black channels blank(or whatever process color is closest). 2 colors is 2 colors.

BEHOLD! As Steve Jobs introduces us the latest in desk-lamp technology! http://www.apple.com

RE: jAQUAN..need some help understanding something..

sorry it took so long for a reply, never got the return mail from tek-tips that you replied again..weird..anyways..

thanks again..much appreciated..


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