I need to do a couple of minor text changes to a menu that I have been sent as a PDF. When I open the file in Illustrator CS2, it all works except for the headings - which are in a font (Shelley Allegro) that I don't have.
The headings look fine viewed in Acrobat 7 Pro, so obviously there is an embedded subset of the font in the PDF.
Is there a way to convert the text to curves when opening the file? I don't need to edit the headings - but I don't want to rasterise them by opening in Photoshop either.
Nini Tjäder, Aug 19, 2008 9:19 AM
"Is there a way to convert the text to curves when opening the file?"
However-make a copy of the PDF--open the copy in Acrobat Pro--save as EPS click 'settings' go to 'transparency and flattening(look for the check box that says 'convert all text to outlines'--then open EPS in illustrator and copy 'heading text'--open original PDF in illustrator--delete headings--paste copied 'outline text' into file....then continue with your edits...it's a bit of a workaround...but it should accomplish what you need...
Thanks Tman, your workaround sounded good, but unfortunately doesn't work. I still get an error of "the document contains fonts that are not on your system" even if I save as EPS with Convert Text to Outlines checked and when opened in Illy the font is definitely different (and I tried as a postscript file too, just in case, and i tried altering the raster/vector level to see if that helped, but no)
You can see if the fonts are embedded in Acrobat (file> properties) if they are, you may be able to make the edits in Acrobat using the select text tool (or pitstop if you have it). A PDF may appear to display properly without embedded fonts, but editing and printing is dicy. Outlining is old-school, but if you must, this will work: In Acrobat go to document> watermark> add> text> (hit space bar) opacity 99%> OK.
Then, advanced> print production> flattener preview> convert all text to outlines> apply> save. The idea is to add transparency to the PDF (with an invisible watermark) then use the flattener preview to force outlining.
Edit- These instructions are for Acrobat 8, for 7 use Tools> print production> transparency flattening.
Luke says that outlining is old-school.
All the same, if you want to be 100% certain that things get printed the way you want them, it's the only foolproof way to do things, especially if you're using unusual or homemade fonts.
Thing is that fonts are identified by a code number, so if your printer has a font with the same id-code as yours you will get his version - even though your font and his are totally different. No amount of embedding will prevent this.
I have seen it happen numerous times and it still happens every now and again.
Any suggestions for changing several long Pages (iWork '08) documents into CURVES or Line Art for printing? The above is great, but would take FOREVER to do page by page... and I'm new to this, if that's not obvious :-)
Emily - did you check the file in Adobe Reader or Acrobat Pro if the fonts aren't embedded? What I can see Pages (in my case '08 version) embeds a subset by default. Just chekc the file Properties in Acrobat to see what it did. In Acrobat Pro and Preview you can also resave the pdf created as a PDF/X file.