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Is it Time to Replace Your Type 1 Fonts? 


I heard that Adobe was stopping support for Type 1 fonts. Do we need to replace all of our Type 1 fonts? What font format should we use instead?



Adobe introduced PostScript Type 1 fonts (.afm, .pfb, & .pfa) in 1984 and they have been used with multiple printers and desktop publishing systems since then. In 1996, Adobe development began to concentrate on the more versatile OpenType font (.otf) format. 


Type 1 fonts do not support Unicode encoding information, which limits their usefulness for use with world languages. They are currently not supported by most web browsers or mobile operating systems.


Adobe has announced that it will deprecate support for Type 1 fonts in Photoshop in 2021, so the next time you update Photoshop, you may not be able to properly import any documents that contain Type 1 fonts. Support for Type 1 fonts in other Adobe products, including Illustrator, InDesign and FrameMaker, will be ending in 2023.  You will need to transition from using Type 1 fonts to using OpenType fonts for your composition projects by 2023.


You don’t need to worry about all those PDF files in your archives that have embedded Type 1 fonts. Support for embedded Type 1 fonts is part of the PDF specifications, so they will continue to be viewable. 

We recommend that you replace Type 1 fonts in source documents and templates with OpenType fonts soon, in order to avoid any support issues in 2023.


One of COPI’s specialties is converting any custom Type 1 fonts you may have into OpenType fonts. Please let us know how we can help.

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