I have a challenge & really hope you can help.
The production company I’m sending files to has requested the following:
pdf - all vector / text outlined. I have found out (from David’s article) that this can be efficiently achieved by using the transparency flattener preset.
However, I also assume I need to provide the pdf as a layered file so that the factory as the PRINT, FOIL and DIE-CUT layers are all on top of each other. (I would usually call the printer to chat about which presets are needed, however, in this case, the factory is in France & there doesn’t seem to be anyone who speaks english.)
For this I need to use ‘standard: pdf/x 4 2010. However, when I opt for this, the 'acrobat 4’ option (which is required in order to use the transparency flattener) is no longer available.
So, I can’t seem to have pdf layers AND outlines vectors.
Thanks so much,
First of all, you probably aware that converting text to outlines is a BAD idea, in general.
However, if you're forced to go for it (ancient printer, etc.), better do it directly in Acrobat.
Just export pdf according to your other requirements and google 'convert all text to outlines in acrobat' to find exact step-by-step instructions.
Rather tricky, however, it works...
And things are much simpler if you happen to have PitStop Pro - outlining text in pdf is just one-button-click here.
Never outline text in Adobe InDesign as it causes a loss of content.
If a printer requires it, change the printer.
If it is not in your power to chang it, do it in Adobe Acrobat DC: Go to Print Production > Preflight > … In the search field look for convert and select convert text to outlines and apply it.