5 Replies Latest reply: Apr 7, 2012 1:43 PM by Nancy O. RSS

    Specs variences between apps?

    revdave Community Member

      Someone sent me a photoshop file (exported from illustrator) and sent a spec sheet for exact fonts and sizes etc.

       

      I tried to to add them into the dreamweaver page as best as I could (semi novice) but some things didn't look like the original demensions (fonts etc.)

       

      spec said font XXX 13 pt - so that's what I put...

       

      on the web browser it looked smaller than designers jpeg ref.

       

       

      Q: is there some discrepencies between apps that they might look different with same specs?

        • 1. Re: Specs variences between apps?
          John Waller MVP

          You're trying to translate between two completely different media: web and print.

           

          You cannot necessarily translate fonts to the web 100%. Depends on exactly how you're coding them.

           

          Can you show us the exact code?

           

          points are a print unit of measurement. The web measures in px or em or %.

          • 2. Re: Specs variences between apps?
            revdave Community Member

            Thanks - that helps - the designer created psd in points - but it was for the web - so that was my issue... I will have them change to NON-points...

            • 3. Re: Specs variences between apps?
              Nancy O. MVP

              I will have them change to NON-points...

              And web safe fonts, too.

              http://www.ampsoft.net/webdesign-l/WindowsMacFonts.html

               

              Working with graphic designers who have no direct web design experience makes your job twice as hard.   I usually charge extra for the pain & suffering. 

               

              Good luck,

               

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              Nancy O.

              Alt-Web Design & Publishing

              Web | Graphics | Print | Media  Specialists 

              http://alt-web.com/

              • 4. Re: Specs variences between apps?
                John Waller MVP
                Nancy O. wrote:
                And web safe fonts, too.

                http://www.ampsoft.net/webdesign-l/WindowsMacFonts.html

                 

                 

                Nancy: Do you still restrict websites to those vanilla font choices given the plethora of web font choices springing up via Google and others lately?

                • 5. Re: Specs variences between apps?
                  Nancy O. MVP
                  Nancy: Do you still restrict websites to those vanilla font choices given the plethora of web font choices springing up via Google and others lately?

                   

                  Yes, John, I do.  To be honest, custom web fonts are not all they're cracked up to be.  They don't look anything like the fonts I typically use in print design.  Finding acceptable substitutes can be an awful chore.

                   

                  Adobe TypeKit is a good resource but you need a license to use it. Most of my clients are not interested in paying fees to use custom web fonts.

                   

                  Google Web Fonts (free) are not reliable. To support custom fonts in all devices, you need 4 versions: TTF, EOT, WOFF & SVG.  Google doesn't  provide all versions for all their fonts.  I'd rather use nothing at all than @import a font that looks like crap in half the browsers.

                   

                  Font-Squirrel (converted and self-hosted) has too many legal ambiguities.  You can't copyright a font.  Instead, fonts are protected by intellectual property laws in the same way software is protected.  The font owner (at their discretion) maintains reproduction & re-distribution rights. This is where it gets tricky.  Even if you somehow lock-down your custom fonts to prevent people from getting them off your server,  you could still be in legal trouble for converting fonts in the first place.  Check your font license very carefully.  If you're not sure, don't use it.

                   

                  Related link:

                  Lawsuit alleges Rick Santorum's web site used stolen fonts

                  http://newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com/Legal/News/2011/08_-_August/Santorum_site_using_s tolen_font,_suit_says/

                   

                  In the grand scheme of things, plain vanilla web-safe fonts aren't so bad.

                   

                   

                   

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                  Nancy O.

                  Alt-Web Design & Publishing

                  Web | Graphics | Print | Media  Specialists 

                  http://alt-web.com/