>>This is a sore point with service bureaus that have to deal with files
>>sent by people who are ignorant of all this. InDesign, Illustrator, and
>>many other professional programs will not fake anything. So if you have
>>any doubt, it is best to set up a sample page and send the file to your
>>printer to ensure that the fonts are as expected. Or you could open up
>>the PostScript file and verify it for yourself.
> Can you please tell me why I can print a "faked" italic on my desktop
> Postscript laser printer, yet a service bureau would have a problem
> running it through the RIP?
> I'm not a fan of using faked italics, small caps, etc, both from a
> typographic purist viewpoint, and as well anticipating problems of
> high-res output.
> I now normally use InDesign for page layout, which - as you mention -
> does not allow this behaviour. Still, I remember, when using Pagemaker
> a lot, sometimes I would receive something from a client with a
> knock-off unknown font, with requests to clean it up, do this and that,
> and get it to the printer tomorrow. I would often have to use the fake
> italic, cross my fingers, and pray for good results. Normally, no
> problems, but not always.
> Paul Harris
Different strokes for different imagesetters, I guess. I don't know if
the functional design of the RIP code is based on
we-won't-lower-ourselves thinking or we-never-thought-of-that thinking
or Macs-don't-have-that-function thinking, although I suspect it's the
last. (You know--on a Mac you can do faux outline type but on a Wintel
machine you can't; maybe this is just the reverse situation.)
It's also possible that, historically, service bureaus have gotten
quality complaints after using faux italic and faux bold, in which case
they would not be pounding on the doors of RIP providers to ask for
My own experience is that neither works very well in large-format work
(show graphics), and the faux bold doesn't even work very well at a
small scale. The bold is done by rendering the same text string twice,
with a very small offset. You can get awfully blurry *doing that. I
just printed some bat mitzvah invitations for a guy I work with (well,
for his daughter). They wanted the invitation done in a small purple
script, on vellum, and to make it legible, it had to be "bold," which I
didn't have in that face (there aren't too many bold scripts anyway).
Well, they were happy with the job, because it was free; but lemme tell
ya', if I'd been the customer, I would have rejected the job.