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Locusta
08-08-2010, 06:50 PM
I'm currently laying out my first graphic novel (for our webcomic), which is a very exciting thing, but also a lot of new skills to learn.

What I'd like to verify at the moment, is what legal right I have to printing the fonts that came standard with InDesign (CS2) and Microsoft's Word. Can I use those fonts in my book as-is? Or do I need to get some additional permission from the rightsholder on the font?

Not that it probably matters, but this initial print run is very small, approximately 50 books.

Thank you for your help.

DoctorMandaBenson
08-08-2010, 07:13 PM
Yes, you can. If there are any licensing restrictions with the fonts, they will fail to embed when you create the pdf. If this is the case, just pick replacement fonts and re-run the postscript.

And great to see someone else who enjoys typesetting! People keep telling me I'm mad. ;-) Aren't fonts fun?

Locusta
08-08-2010, 07:21 PM
Thank you. :) That's just what I wanted to hear.

I'll be completely honest, this is the first book I've typeset, but I use to work for a publishing company and had to monkey with files from time to time (I was an archivist there), so I'm not completely green.

Fonts are fun. :) I really enjoy creating "containers", as my husband puts it, which is what this book sort of is since I didn't write or draw it. I do websites too; just not in InDesign. ;)

Medievalist
08-08-2010, 07:23 PM
If you use the Magic Six, you do not have to license them--or embed them, which means you'll have a slimmer file.

On the other hand, licensing a font can be as little as $2000.00.

Locusta
08-08-2010, 07:33 PM
If you use the Magic Six, you do not have to license them--or embed them, which means you'll have a slimmer file.

On the other hand, licensing a font can be as little as $2000.00.

What do you mean by "the Magic Six"?

Medievalist
08-08-2010, 07:37 PM
The six fonts distributed by Microsoft; they used to be the standard Web fonts.

Depending on what you're doing--and whether or not you expect the .pdf to be read on Unix systems other than OS X--you'll want to get a sample test and ask users how it looks.

Locusta
08-08-2010, 08:08 PM
Ah, thank you for the clarification.