If yer gonna use free fonts for anything large (ie a logo, a poster, a banner), print them out, or at least several pieces of them, on 11" x 17" paper and look for badly drawn outlines. I've seen more than my share of display fonts that look fine under 1" cap height, but large? Yuck.
Peaks and valleys, but worst of all, loops and crossovers. Some people just don't understand you can't spin those bezier handles or pull them too far (clipart is notorious for this too.) It drives some vinyl plotters and most CNC machines absolutely nuts. And the ones it doesn't drive nuts? Well, have you ever seen what happens when a tool path follows the outside of a shape with a crossover or loop? Slices made through vinyl shapes or big honking chunks taken out of your 3D letters.
And I've also seen more than my share of Freeware that doesn't rip. So you might want to check before committing a large project to a freeware font.
You get what you pay for.
(and some freeware fonts want you to pay if they are used commercially)
Raster Image Processor.
It's the thing that translates your computer file into an image on paper (simplified version). Some font codes are so bad that they don't translate properly and you get dropped letters, partial letters, missing punctuation, or nothing at all.
Check here for terms you don't know. http://prepressure.com/dict/dictr.htm
I find it exceedingly irksome that you graduated from college without hearing the term... Not at you. At your college.
Thanks for the info. That page has a lot of useful information. It is very irksome. I left school thinking I knew everything just to find the exact opposite. That's why I'm doing everything I can do know to educate myself in every aspect of design. Thanks again for the answer!
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