Avoid Using Synthetic Font Styles

Typefaces are typically designed with different fonts to represent variations in the typeface. For example, the typeface Times New Roman is actually four fonts:

  • Times New Roman
  • Times New Roman Bold
  • Times New Roman Italic
  • Times New Roman Bold Italic

To simplify using the variations, when you apply the bold or italic formatting to text in Publisher, Microsoft Windows applies the appropriate font if it is available. For example, if you select some text in Times New Roman and then click Bold on theFormatting toolbar, Windows substitutes Times New Roman Bold for the font.

Many typefaces do not have separate fonts to represent bold and italic. When you apply bold or italic formatting to these fonts, Windows creates a synthetic version of the typeface in that style. For example, the typeface Comic Sans MS does not have an italic font version. When you apply italic formatting to text in Comic Sans MS, Windows makes the text look italic by slanting the characters.

Most desktop printers print synthetic font styles as expected, but high-end print devices, such as imagesetters, usually do not print synthetic fonts as expected. Make sure that you don’t have any synthetic font styles in your publication when you hand it off to your commercial printer.

Check for the separate fonts that you want to print

To be sure that you don’t have any synthetic font styles, you need to know what typefaces you are using and what variations are available as separate fonts. To see what typefaces you have used in your publication, do the following:

  • On the Tools menu, point to Commercial Printing Tools, and then click Fonts.

    The Fonts dialog box shows all the typefaces that are used in your publication.

To see what style variations of the typeface are available as separate fonts, do the following:

  1. On the Start menu, click Run.
  2. In the Run dialog box, in the Open box, type fonts, and then click OK.

    The Fonts window opens and displays a list of all the fonts and font variations that are installed on your computer.

  3. On the View menu, make sure that there is no check mark next to the Hide Variations (Bold, Italic, etc.) option, and then click Details.
  4. Check to see if the typefaces that you are using in your publication have separate fonts available for the styles that you want to use.

If a typeface is listed with only one variation, no separate fonts are available for bold, italic, or bold italic formatting. Most of the typefaces that have only one font available are decorative fonts and are not designed to be used in other variations.

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