Outlining Fonts: 3 Issues that arise for print production

I usually don’t reblog content, but in this case, I MUST! Excellent tutorial from one of my print-geek friends Christine Alexander.

Dreaming in CMYK

Outlining fonts is feature in Adobe products that allows a designer to turn all copy into vector objects within their design. While it can prevent certain headaches (like unwanted text editing) to be avoided, it can also create a lot of headaches at the same time.

For example, some people might outline the fonts before creating a PDF for print or sending all of a project’s working files off to their printer to avoid any missing (and/or corrupt) font issues.  While this might make sense, there are a few things you should consider before outlining your document’s fonts.

InDesign PDF Settings

For starters, when you export a PDF in InDesign, the software already embeds all the fonts within the PDF – so long as the font vendor’s End User License Agreement allows it. Therefore, if the font is not installed on the printer’s system, the PDF should still show the…

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About John Prothero

John Prothero is a print professional with over 30 years experience in the print industry. Starting out as a driver delivering jobs, he worked in bindery, proofing, plating, traditional prepress (camera and stripping), scheduling, job planning, job management, account management and digital job production. His skills also run in the area of blog authorship, social media management, and lead generation and qualification of prospective clients. John is also a contributor to Rhode Island Creative Magazine, a digital publication that highlights the creative spirit of the state of Rhode Island. You can read their online issues at www.ricreativemag.com
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