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Aug 5, 2010 9:37 PM

Embedded fonts?

What does it mean when CS says that for the interior files, fonts and photographs must be "embedded?"

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1. Aug 5, 2010 9:50 PM in response to: Guzziguy
Re: Embedded fonts?

Embedded means that the font file is included in the PDF file.  The alternative is the text is merely identified as a particular font with the expectation that the font is available on the computer where the PDF is being used.

 

It's pretty much the same with images (like photographs).  If you were only ever going to use the PDF on your own computer, there'd be no reason to embed the images.  It would just make the PDF larger, and the images are going to be where you left them anyway.  But if you gave the PDF to a friend, they wouldn't be there anymore.

 

In some programs, you won't find an option for this, but it's pretty safe to assume that they DO embed the fonts and images -- those programs just don't give you the option to turn embedding off.

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2. Aug 5, 2010 11:07 PM in response to: Starfish
Re: Embedded fonts?

Dagnabbit! Starfish you did it again. You stole my thunder. I was gonna start my reply with "To embed fonts and photographs, start with a 5 lb slege hammer, a toothpick, and a block of limestone..."

 

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5. Aug 6, 2010 9:52 AM in response to: Guzziguy
Re: Embedded fonts?

That is all I did for my book Need A Job? Publish A Book! with OpenOffice. and it came out great. One thing I want to make you aware of, though, is that you need to lighten the pictures and add contrast for them to come out looking good. Otherwise they will look muddy because the ink on the paper tends to bleed in all directions. It is a trial by error process until you eye adjusts to what YOU think is good. Generally, for a grayscale I will lighen by 7 to 25% and contast between 15 and 35%. It depends on the photo so you have to play with it.

 

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6. Aug 6, 2010 10:51 AM in response to: Starfish
Re: Embedded fonts?

There several ways Acrobat handles type.

  • Embedded: the full font is embedded or contained in the PDF
  • Subset: only the glyphs used in the document are included in the PDF
  • Multiple Master fonts: Acrobat contains a serif and a sans serif font, so that if a font is missing or not included, Acrobat can substitute a similar font.

 

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