(09/09/2020 / sbr)

10 things you should know about fonts in PDF (but probably don’t)

The Ghent Workgroup (GWG) announced a new free webinar. While PDF is a wonderful file format for use in Graphic Arts, and many ISO standards are built on its foundations, there are still areas in PDF that continue to be difficult and cause problems. The number one spot often is held by the use of fonts.

The history of the development of fonts for graphic arts software is rich and includes companies such as Adobe, Apple and Microsoft. Fonts are difficult because there are multiple types, and because they contain a lot of specialized terminology and knowledge. Without understanding the basics of fonts, it is difficult to anticipate the problems that might arise from their use.

So how can you better understand how fonts work? What types there are? What they are built out of and what problems that might cause in PDF files? This webinar will attempt to explain the foundation of fonts. It will talk about different font types, their components, but also why those things lead to some of the error messages you might get while using fonts in PDF.


This webinar will be presented by David van Driessche and Christian Blaise. Combined they bring over 50 years of experience working with PDF, automation, workflow and many more arcane subjects. David is the Executive Director of the GWG and co-chair of the Specification subcommittee. In his professional life, he’s also CTO of Four Pees, a Belgian value-added distributor for the graphic arts market. Christian is the Marketing Officer of the GWG and co-chair of the packaging subcommittee. Next to that Christian founded agileStreams, a consultancy in graphic arts built on years of experience of working with brand-owners and printers.

Registering for the webinar – seats are limited!

The Ghent Workgroup will use Gotowebinar to host this webinar. In order to join, please reserve your place using the following link: