Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 12:03

Converting fonts to curves

Why do we convert fonts to curves?

Nowadays, when we most likely write something down on a computer rather tan using pen and paper, more and more people struggle to find themselves in the midst of technology, which now replaced already forgotten phrase “handwriting”

Today, we have nothing more than typeface, its variants or maybe character or font. Many people use those terms interchangeably with no idea how great differences might be.

Typeface has its specific name and we can apply different attributes – we can make it italic, bold or underline, we can specify its size etc.

Font is the most problematic term of them all – Font determines the typeface with specific attributes. Each font is, just like any other intellectual property, protected under copyright. After all, someone had to design it at some point, so using it is possible only after it is licensed.

However, it doesn’t mean that DTP Studies and Printing Houses have the same fonts licensed as agencies and companies who deliver their projects for printing. The only way to avoid accusing publishing house of piracy is converting every used font into curves. This means, that the text will not be treated as a graphic element but will be replaced by a mathematical equation describing the precise arrangement of the curves. This conversion is done in a very simple way, and in most of the commonly used software is just a few clicks of the mouse away. Additionally, you can be certain that during the processing of the file by the DTP studio, there will be no problems with the text. There will be no characters missing, all of the attributes will be preserved – which would be impossible, if the computers in studio do not have your specific font installed. In short, conversion guarantees that the text will look just as it was intended.