Use italics properly, please!

Production Tips & Tricks

Almost all programs have a button that will allow you to switch a font from roman to italic. Please, don’t use that button (there is also one for bolding, don’t use it either).

When you use the italic button, the computer program slants the typeface. It will look italic on your screen and if you print it to your printer, it may print as you intended it to. Sometimes, if a true italic fonts exists for that typeface, and it is loaded on your computer, when you make the PDF the program you are using MAY switch the electronically slanted font out for the true italic font. However, if the program does not do that, when we process your PDF, the font will revert back to the non-italic version.

Italic font example

Our RIPS use the font information to render the type, not the information the program uses to display the text. So when the file is Ripped, the font will revert back to the roman version that was originally selected. It prints correctly off your laser printer or inkjet printer, because those printers use the screen font information to render the type, so it holds the program’s instructions for italic.

Most typefaces have an italic version, if it is there, please use it. In most cases if an italic face have been created for a font, it has a much different appearance, as you can see in the example above. We know it takes a few more seconds to select it, but if you want your text to be italic then you should do this. If the font reverts to its roman state when we process it, there is nothing we can do to fix it.

If you have any more questions about fonts, please don’t hesitate to talk to your CSR or salesperson.

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