4 Replies Latest reply on Feb 12, 2018 7:24 AM by JimBDuncan

    PDF objects reinterpreted: fonts outlined: WHY

    JimBDuncan Level 1

      I was asked to convert a PDF to Illustrator CS6. When I opened the PDF, or placed it, in Illustrator CC, I got the warning, "PDF objects reinterpreted: fonts outlined." I know this happens when fonts aren't installed, but I checked the PDF's properties and all the fonts in it are on my system. It gets worse-- in the Illustrator file there are lines of editable text, then outlined, then editable, all the same font. What's going on?

       

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        • 1. Re: PDF objects reinterpreted: fonts outlined: WHY
          Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

          Illustrator is NOT A GENERAL PDF EDITOR. It can import many PDF files, some very well, some very badly. The message you get is entirely normal when Illustrator knows it cannot do a good job. Nothing is wrong except expectations.

           

          So, to convert this file you may have to do major recreation.

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          • 2. Re: PDF objects reinterpreted: fonts outlined: WHY
            Barbara Ash Adobe Community Professional

            If the PDF was created from Illustrator, and Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities was turned on when the PDF was created, and the PDF was created with the same version of Illustrator as you are using, and the fonts were not subset, there shouldn't be an issue.

            However. Illustrator is not a PDF interpreter, and I don't believe that Adobe supports it as such. Even though PDFs can be opened in Illustrator the message you received is a common issue.

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            • 3. Re: PDF objects reinterpreted: fonts outlined: WHY
              Monika Gause Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              JimBDuncan  schrieb

               

              I was asked to convert a PDF to Illustrator CS6. When I opened the PDF, or placed it, in Illustrator CC, I got the warning, "PDF objects reinterpreted: fonts outlined." I know this happens when fonts aren't installed,

              No, this doesn't happen when fonts are embedded or installed.

              This usually happens when Ligatures have been used in the PDF. You can't prevent it when opening the PDF.

               

              And what Test Screen Name and Barbara Ash said.

              • 4. Re: PDF objects reinterpreted: fonts outlined: WHY
                JimBDuncan Level 1

                Thank you all for your answers. The request was made by one of our partners. I sent them a copy of my forum question to them, and now I'll forward your answers, as well. I knew that Illustrator was not intended to edit PDFs, but expert knowledge is more impressive than mine, and it shows I took some initiative to complete their request. Also, Ligatures is new information, so thanks schrieb.