5 Replies Latest reply: Oct 27, 2011 5:09 AM by mckayk_777 RSS

    outlineing text

    CoGordo4 Community Member

      Hi every one,


      Im preparing an In-Design cs5 file to be printed. My printer has requested that I outline all my text. My issue is that when I outline my text the words condense and distort a little. Specifically it looks like the kerning gets reduced. Is there any good work around for this?

        • 1. Re: outlineing text
          Marijan Tompa [tomaxxi] UGM-MVPs



          Are you sending him a PDF on InDesign file?


          My suggestion: send him a PDF, and DO NOT convert fonts to outlines.

          There is no need for that if you send a PDF. But, if you are sending an InDesign file,

          package your document, and that will also include all used fonts.

          If you send fonts to your printed, he needs to have licenses

          for those fonts in order to use them legally.


          Hope that helps.



          Marijan (tomaxxi)


          • 2. Re: outlineing text
            BobLevine UGM

            Find another printer…one that accepts PDFs.




            This one is not worth doing business with.





            • 3. Re: outlineing text
              mckayk_777 Community Member

              There is no good workaround for what you want, you will always loose your font attributes.

              CS5 is a lot harder to convert fonts to outline. In CS4 converting all fonts to outline was easy but considered a hack and not recommended.

              As bob says if possible find another printer but if not possible try converting the fonts to outline in Acrobat Professional. But what ever way you do it the fonts will not look the same as fonts not converted to outline.

              • 4. Re: outlineing text
                Colin Flashman Community Member

                i agree with everyone here.


                adobe employee Dov Isaacs answers that question best in this thread:




                has the OP asked the printer WHY convert the fonts to outlines? in the age of modern RIPs and software it seems extraordinary that this request is still made.

                • 5. Re: outlineing text
                  mckayk_777 Community Member

                  The request is asked more then you think. It is no where near the best idea but it still happens, and saying to someone, Find another printer. is just a waste of time unless they happen to have another printer handy to go to.

                  I found a good use for converting to outline today, Digital job came in and they used small thin fonts in a full black reversal, when we printed that job out the text filled in an was hard to read. I converted the fonts to outline and printed it out again and would you believe the text was quite readable.