What About Fonts?

Ensuring that your document is printed exactly as you created is what we strive for on every job. However, the one thing that prevents this from happening most often is incompatible or missing fonts in a document. When you design your document at your office or home you expect your printer to be able to print exactly what you created. Ensuring that we have all the fonts needed to reproduce your document is critical to a correct final product. Please make sure you include all fonts used in your job with your document being sent to Inksmith. Most people don’t realize that not all computers contain the same fonts on every system. You must make a copy of your fonts from your computer to be sent with your document to be loaded on our computers before we can correctly print your document. (Otherwise we have to get our monks to start working on the calligraphy.  Ok, not really.)

Finding and copying your fonts from your computer are different depending on which computer platform you work on. Below are the steps to copying the fonts used in your document.

For Macintosh users, all fonts are stored in the Fonts folder located inside the System folder of your computer. Copying fonts from your computer is a simple as:

  • Determine which fonts were used in your document and possible write them down.
  • Open your computer’s hard drive by double-clicking on the Macintosh HD icon.
  • Locate your System folder and open it by double-clicking.
  • Locate your Fonts folder and open it.
  • Search for name of the font’s Suitcase and Printer Fonts. Suitcases look like little suitcases and printer fonts usually look like a red “A” icon with lines through it.
  • Create a new folder on your desktop which will contain the document being sent to The Print Shop.
  • Simply Drag-and-Drop the Font suitcase and corresponding printer fonts to the new folder while holding the Option key. You must hold the Option key to prevent moving the fonts from the System folder.

For Windows9x users, all fonts are stored in the Fonts folder located inside the Windows folder of your computer’s main “C” drive. Copying fonts from your computer is a simple as:

  • Determine which fonts were used in your document and possible write them down.
  • Open your computer’s “C” drive by either opening the “C” drive inside My Computer or by navigating to the drive via the Windows Explorer.
  • Locate your Windows folder and open it by double-clicking or clicking the + sign.
  • Locate your Fonts folder and open it.
  • Search for the name of the font.
  • Create a new folder which will contain your document and all supporting files and fonts.
  • Copy the fonts you used from your Fonts folder to your new folder containing your document.

If you have any questions on saving your fonts to send to Inksmith for printing, please contact us and we will be happy to guide you through the process.