Fonts are a basic staple of designers and are used for both print and online publication. Things are about to change in 2023 as Adobe ends support for Type 1 fonts which have been around since the late 1980s. The good news is the more versatile TrueType Fonts (TTF) and OpenType Fonts (OTF) are still acceptable. This could become a headache as designers will have to replace older fonts with newer ones, but the advantages are many as the modern fonts, especially OTF, have useful features that extend a typeface’s range. For example, designers have the ability to add ligatures, glyphs, small caps, and alternate characters to name a few. Type 1 data embedded in file types such as EPS and PDF will be unaffected by this change, as long as they are placed for display or printing as graphic elements. If those files are opened for editing in applications such as Illustrator or Photoshop, they will trigger a “Missing fonts” error.
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