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4. Creating PDF and Other Editions > 43. Embed and Subset Fonts to Your Advanta...

Embed and Subset Fonts to Your Advantage

Sometimes it makes sense to embed fonts, while other times it just costs you space.

An embedded font is a font that has been packed into your PDF file as a resource. Embedding ensures that your PDF text looks perfect wherever it is printed or viewed. Embedding also bulks up your PDF’s file size. In this hack we discuss embedding and its alternatives, their upsides and downsides. We also discuss font subsetting, which is the practice of embedding only a subset of the entire font. Subsetting was designed to reduce file size, but it can actually create bloat when misused.

Tip

See which PDF fonts are embedded or subset in your PDF by opening the PDF in Acrobat or Reader and selecting File Document Properties . . . Fonts. Embedded fonts will describe themselves as Embedded, whereas unembedded fonts will not — likewise for subset fonts.


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