How to Prepare for Photoshop Discontinuing Support for PostScript Type 1 Fonts

March 17, 2020
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Adobe recently announced Photoshop will end support for Postscript Type 1 fonts in 2021. This article will explain how this change will affect creatives managing fonts with Extensis products.

Postscript Type 1 fonts were developed by Adobe in 1984 for professional digital typesetting. The original set contained 13 base fonts, including classics like Courier, Helvetica, and Times. In the early 2000s, the OpenType font format rose to become the industry standard. OpenType fonts are cross-platform (Mac and Windows) and offer greater support for different languages and characters. We recommend these as the replacements for older font formats.

A recent study was completed on what percentage of our users are still using PostScript Type 1 fonts. We discovered that 26% of fonts managed in Extensis’ font management products are indeed Postscript Type 1.

 

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For your own working collection, PostScript Type 1 Fonts might make up more or less than 26%, as this is the overall average. Many PostScript fonts you’re using won’t be an issue until Adobe releases Creative Cloud 2021. Once this release is public and you have updated, when you use Photoshop to open a document with a PostScript Type 1 font, the font will appear as “missing” — even when it’s managed by Extensis products.

Here a few ways to cope with this change:

  1. Identify all your PostScript Type 1 Fonts and collect or save them for output to a separate folder. That way, they’re organized, easily accessible, and isolated them from your current library of fonts.
  2. Consciously choose alternate font types such as TrueType or OpenType fonts for your new and ongoing projects.
  3. Use Suitcase Fusion’s document tracking feature to identify PostScript Type 1 fonts in a document before you open it. This enables you to find replacement fonts as needed, before encountering “missing fonts.”
  4. When replacing PostScript Type 1 fonts with other font types, try using Suitcase Fusion’s QuickMatch feature to help save time.
  5. Be sure to review and check all affected text and resave the project using a similar naming structure to ensure you keep the original file safe. There’s always a possibility of glyphs or kerning being off when you are substituting a different font. Do your due diligence before publishing or printing!
  6. Bookmark this article for future reference.

Our goal is to get this on your radar as early as possible. With a little flexibility and planning, this change should not have a negative impact on your workflow.