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The easy stripped down answer is no. There are so many software variables, print driver variables, and even font VERSION variables, that it is very difficult to say exactly WHY a font looks different. The longer answer: But I would hazard a guess that what you are seeing is ink spread when the book is printed. Most books are offset printed on very cheap ...


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This is a well-known problem with font design; it has been a problem for over a hundred years. Fonts look much lighter when they're printed on coated paper than on uncoated book paper. It's particularly a problem with many early digital fonts which were digitized directly from metal type working drawings. Unfortunately, metal type manufacture leads to more ...


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Laser printers can be advertised to have 1200 dots per inch. Or equivalently 48 dots per millimeter. The marketing person hopes you believe a printed dot is 1/48 millimeters wide. But it isn't, it's much wider. There can be 48 accessible dot places per millimeter, but the printed dots are say 1/15 millimeter wide, more than 3 times as big as the marketing ...


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It's not surprising that you find a print from a home printer inferior to a professionally printed book. Especially if you compare to an offset printed book, but high end digital printers are also superior to a home printer. When I print sketches on our office ink jet printer I normally experience the text to be bolder than it's supposed to be, but perhaps ...


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There are printable foils out there, but it requires a special ink usually. However, if hot foil stamping is an option, you could have the printer foil stamp the gold block, then come back and use a black pigment foil to foil stamp the words. Make sure you check with them that none of the text is too small for a die.


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The strokes don't seem to be as thick, for one thing. Is this just my imagination, running away with me? Besides the issues of the physical interaction between the paper and ink, it's also worth mentioning that there are some other font issues that could be at play here: The "Font Family" may be the same, but there are typically multiple weights ...


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You forget to tell which unit you mean, but I guess you mean inches. (Most users here from outside USA measure in metric units.) Anyway units doesn't really matter. The answer is that it's up to you. It all depends on the media you are using, your personal style and which expression you want the final print to have. Your question doesn't reveal any details ...


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I found an answer to this by accident. From Adobe Reader, print a booklet to another PDF printer — I use Bullzip PDF Printer as that seems to be the most reliable for this purpose. That allows the entire page to be printable, with no print border. This is from a different publication from that in the question, but there is no unprintable area around the ...


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