When I view a PDF file within Adobe Reader the finished artwork can be viewed in its entirety. However, when I open the PDF in AI if the customer did not outline his fonts or provide me with a TTF I am unable to open and adjust the originally intended Artwork. How can I open the file in AI so that it matches the view Reader provides? I Feel like it is possible since the information is obviously somewhere in the file.
Link place the file into a blank Illustrator document.
Select the link, Object>flatten transparency with the convert text to outlines checked.
Variation: Copy the outlined text out using the above method
Open the original pdf in Illustrator (fonts will default)
Delete text and paste in place the outlined text.
Pro: Retains transparency
Con: Both variants yield outlined text
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