can create and edit documents consisting of many fonts in various sizes.
You can scan in art or other images and insert them into your document.
For example, this subcourse includes figures that were scanned and saved
as a graphics file, then imported into the text.
You can purchase
diskettes with symbols and graphic pictures called clip art and use them
in a variety of application programs such as word processing and desk-top
publishing. You also can buy libraries of font sets that can be used with
It is essential that all illustrators have at least a
working knowledge of some terms common to most lettering and graphics
If this knowledge is not required for your military
occupational specialty (MOS) at this time, it may be in the future.
Obviously, a thorough discussion of any software application is beyond the
scope of this subcourse.
However, the information included in this part
is designed to familiarize you with the common terms and procedures. This
information will make it easier for you to learn to use specific programs.
You learned in lesson 1 that the word font describes a set of typefaces
such as Roman or Gothic.
It has the same meaning with respect to
However, to understand how the computer deals with fonts you
must learn some additional terms.
These terms describe attributes
particular to handling fonts in computers and the related software
a. Soft Fonts. Soft fonts, sometimes known as downloadable fonts, are
resident in the computer, not in the printer. You can store these fonts
in a separate directory in a computer and use them with numerous
applications. For example, you can purchase a variety of fonts stored on
floppy disks. Once you load them on the computer's hard disk, you can use
them with any compatible software and hardware.
Following the software
vendor's instruction, you download (load) the fonts you need to use in
your document to the printer. The advantage of soft fonts is that storage
(memory) space on the hard disk is less expensive than memory in the
b. Hard Fonts. Hard fonts, also known as resident fonts, are stored
in the printer rather than in the computer.
You select hard fonts for
printer's front panel.
cartridges. To switch fonts, you switch cartridges. In all cases, follow
the manufacturer's instructions.