Today I read several articles that suggested using Type 1 fonts in LaTeX (and they claim that Type 3 fonts are the default in LaTeX, which lead to terribly rendered PDF documents). Personally I didn't quite get the technical points about font types, or the technical points about compiling to dvi, ps, and pdf. Anyway, I never got terribly rendered PDF documents either. For me, I always use ams document classes, and compile to PDF using the default
LaTeX command in AUCTeX with
TeX-pdf-mode turned on—kind of like pressing a GUI button, with all technical details hidden from me. I tried to follow the suggestions to switch to Type 1 font (of Computer Modern):
However, I didn't notice any difference in the outcome. Therefore, I'm curious about if Type 1 font is the default font type in ams document classes. If it is not, on the other hand, should I switch to Type 1 font (with the above code) for better quality?
As I've pointed out, I don't understand the technical points about fonts, so sorry if this question is non-sensical. (If it is, please point it out to me!)
By the way, my TeX distribution is TeXLive-2013 provided by MacTeX, in case this is relevant.