What does it mean when CS says that for the interior files, fonts and photographs must be "embedded?"
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.
Ahhh.....Ok, that kinda makes sense. So I guess my next question would be "How do I make sure they are embedded?"
In order to add photos to my current project, I use the Insert>picture>from file in Open Office. I then just adjust placement and size. When I Export to PDF, is this process sufficient to "embed" photographs?
Yeah, I was also just reading some posts on good fonts to use, so I tried out 3 or 4 fonts in varying pitch sizes on the first couple paragraphs of my Preface. I then (In OO) exported to .pdf.
It didn't seem to work. I just lines of special characters, which obviously to me seems to show that my fonts in Open Office are NOT embedded. So, how do I fix this? Or did I do something wrong?
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.
There several ways Acrobat handles type.
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