How To Install PostScript Fonts on a Windows Computer

PostScript fonts were designed and developed by Adobe and are now considered the standard in digital typesetting. PostScript fonts can be scaled and smoothed without distorting them making the resulting prints of superior quality.

  1. Get all of the necessary tools and applications prior to installation of PostScript fonts. First, your computer needs to have the unzipping software application Winzip. If it isn't installed yet, then download the trial version from Winzip's official Web site and have it installed immediately. Simply follow the on-screen instructions for installation of the said software. Next, your computer needs to have the version 4.1 of the program Adobe Type Manager (ATM) for successful installation of PostScript fonts. If you do not have it yet, then you can either purchase one or download the free version from their official Web site. Have it installed in your PC as well by following the command prompts to complete the installation process.
  2. Unzip the PostScript fonts using WinZip and store it in the C:\ drive of your PC. Locate the zip file containing the PostScript fonts and click on it twice. A small dialog box will appear and you will need to select the option "I Agree." After that, select the option Extract by clicking on it once. On the Extract dialog box, go to the section Extract to: and you will notice that the item C:\ has already been inputted. Simply key in after C:\ and then click on the button Extract to finally save the unzipped PostScript fonts to the C:\ drive of your personal computer.
  3. Install PostScript fonts using the recently downloaded ATM version 4.1. Click on the Start button and point your mouse cursor to All Programs. Locate Adobe and direct the mouse pointer to it. You should already see Adobe Type Manager 4.1 from the choices in the dropdown menu. Click ATM 4.1 to launch the said application. The Adobe Type Manager box will pop up. Go to the right hand side of the window under the section Source: and locate the folder you've created to store the PostScript fonts earlier. This should be named C:\ folder. The fonts will now be displayed on the left hand side of the Adobe Type Manager window. Simply highlight the font of choice and click on the option Add to finally make the font of choice accessible in all of the applications in Windows.

For PostScript fonts to be printed successfully, you will need to have a printer specifically designed for it. However, this problem has already been addressed by the developers of Adobe. They have recently launched Adobe Type Manager Light, the software accompaniment that makes printing of these fonts doable, even without the hardware that's capable of rendering PostScript fonts. You may want to install ATM Light instead of ATM 4.1 if you do not have such a printer.


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