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Chapter 7. Type and Text in Illustrator > Fonts and Font Embedding

Fonts and Font Embedding

Many types of fonts are available today, in various qualities. Illustrator, like most high-end computer programs, works best with high-quality fonts. Although you can get good results with inexpensive and free fonts, they are often problematic. TrueType and Type 1 fonts are the most common high-quality fonts available today, with more and more multiple master and OpenType fonts reaching the marketplace.

Fonts (also called typefaces) that are classified as TrueType, Type 1, multiple master, and OpenType typically perform flawlessly with Illustrator. (Any font, however, is subject to corruption over time and may need to be reinstalled.) Bitmap fonts can be used, but not all of Illustrator's capabilities will be available. In addition, such fonts may not print properly.


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