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Font guide

When producing artwork with fonts present it’s important to remember that when the same artwork file is opened on a different computer that does not have access to the original font, the font will most likely be substituted. This means the letters could appear totally different, affecting the text’s size, and throwing off the whole design.

To get around this problem we recommend that you outline all the fonts present in the artwork.

What is outlining?

Outlining is also known as converting to curves; this means changing text to shapes for print.

How to outline your font in Adobe Creative Suite

To outline your text in Photoshop, right click the text layer and select convert to shape. This will convert your font into pixels to be printed.

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To outline your font in Illustrator and InDesign you will need to right click your text and select create outlines. Alternatively, you can select create outlines from the type menu at the top of your screen.

What is font embedding?

Embedding a font means to save the font information within the document. This normally happens when you save your file as a PDF.

Helpful tip

Once outlined, text is uneditable so remember to keep a copy of the original design in case you want to make any changes in the future.

How do I embed my fonts?

If you’re using Adobe Creative Suite, make sure the PDF pre-set is set to PDF/X1a to ensure all fonts are embedded.

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