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The chart on this page compares the font format to graphic file (TIF, EPS, WMF, CGM, etc.) formats.

EPS files can be viewed as being equivalent to other vector graphics such as WMF and CGM.

PostScript and TrueType fonts
are somewhat equivalent, but we always consider the PostScript version as THE master art because PostScript is a defacto standard in the graphics world and because the drawing tools are PostScript based; TrueType is a translation.
Usable in virtually all applications. Easy access and sizing through the Character Menu. As true outlines, can drive computer-controlled processes (engraving, vinyl-cutting). Can include options: alternate symbols (e.g., ®, ), color separation with trapping, knockouts. Versatility Unwieldy, non-straightforward access, sizing, and import into non-graphic applications. All file types must be updated before they can be used in computer- controlled processes, and all need specialized software to make allowed variations.
Print quicker than any other format, and speed can be increased by storing a PostScript® font in the printer's memory or hard disk. Output - Time Scanned images take longest to print, with other graphic files between fonts and scans.
Offer the best output because they can be "hinted," and because they are rasterized with finer lines than graphic files. Output Quality Scans print well only if they have been scanned at the printer's resolution and the size of output.
Graphic files output well, but are rasterized heavier than fonts, especially on low resolution devices.
Output on any device, at that device's resolution. ATM (Adobe Type Manager (R)) may be needed to output to non-PostScript devices. Output Independence Scans print on any printer, at their scanned resolution (not the printer's). EPS files must be printed on a PostScript printer, unless a conversion program is used. Other graphics can usually print on any printer.
Take the least amount of space, since they are stored as system resources. Disk Space Scans, especially multi-bit ones, take the most space. Graphic files are next, partially because they include a screen image. Variations of all of them must be stored in separate files, which occupy more disk space.
Only line art can be made into a font; no true gradated colors. Although fonts are monotoned, they can be separated into multiple keystrokes that register on top of each other as the first step of color separation. Limitations Any image can be made into a scan, and almost any into an EPS file (which may include a scan) or other graphic. All of them can be colorized, but must have separate files for each variation.

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