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Century Gothic or Times New Roman, flattened or embedded, there are numerous options available when deciding what font to use when creating a document.  The purpose of this Guide is to highlight some of the problems that may occur and give you answers on how to correct them.

We all know that when creating a document on a computer, fonts are present.  However, when that document is opened on a different computer, it may be that the font is altered as this computer may not have access to the same font as the original computer, therefore resulting in the document not displaying properly.  Your document may then experience formatting problems, or a substitute font is used which means that characters will appear differently.

There are a few solutions to this problem.  One is to make your selected type part of the original document, i.e embed your fonts, flatten it or convert it to outline.    

Embed your Fonts

If you chose to embed your fonts, this will ensure your fonts are displayed as you intended.  Embedded font is available on many computers and generally occurs when creating pdfs. 

Convert to Outline

This is the best choice if you’ve used custom fonts on any project, however you must remember that it could cause issues later on should you wish to edit your document, mainly due to the fact that it turns the fonts into shapes, instead of recognising them as letters.

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