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Eliminate font issues with these 3 common sense font management techniques

Added on Friday 4th of December 2009 09:23 am EST

 


Fonts are the foundation of your work as a designer, but can present challenges on a daily basis. One way to significantly reduce font related errors is to spend lots of money on professional font managers, like Suitcase or Font Reserve. But, who has that kind of money, right? Another way is to address common font issues and use smart practices to nip problems in the bud and increase your font- based workflow. You can easily achieve streamlined font management using our three techniques.


1. Organize your font files
Creating a systematic way to manually organize your font files is a must for font management. When organizing your font library, keep in mind, the purpose of the library is to create a neat, centrally located, and easily accessible place for your fonts to be stored. The location should be easily accessible to all the users on your computer. There are several methods for organization:

• ALPHABETICALLY BY FONT FAMILY NAME:This is the most common method, and can be organized into subfolders within the My Folder (for example, A-C, D-F, and so on).

• BY CLASSIFICATION: Typographers commonly use this method. The subfolders are organized by names associated with the type of font (for example, serif, sans-serif, script, and monotype).

• BY CLIENT: This is a great method if you are in a design shop where you have many clients using specific fonts for their print jobs.

• BY JOB NUMBER OR JOB NAME: This is more commonly used in service bureaus and print shops. The sub folders would be organized by the number or name of the job.
When you organize the fonts, you should keep all PostScript font components together in the...