Sending documents to print seems simple but can be a complex task at times. An issue many people have experienced is font errors. When you use custom or exotic fonts, they don’t always transfer between computers cleanly which can cause errors during the printing process (wrong fonts, distorted text, missing characters). Sometimes the more obscure fonts won’t load on certain operating systems either. The best way to overcome this issue is to convert your text to outlines (paths) before sending your files to the printer. converting text to outlines ensures that the text will appear exactly as you intended. As an added bonus, text converted to outlines can be expanded like a vector image (no loss of resolution as the size increases). Here is a tutorial that shows how to convert text to outlines in Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop:
1. Choose your Selection Tool.
2. Select the text box you wish to convert.
3. Go to the Type menu at the top and click “Create Outlines.”
You can also access this by pressing Shift+Control+”O” after selecting your intended text to convert.
1. Locate and select the layer you wish to convert in the Layer Panel.
2. Go to the Layer menu at the top.
3. Click Type > Convert to Shape.
You can also access this by right-clicking the intended layer icon and selecting “Convert to Shape.”
After converting the text to outlines, save the document as a PDF file. This allows your printer to open the file in a number of different programs in case any changes need to be made. One note of caution is that text converted to outlines cannot be edited as text anymore so make sure you’ve proofread your document before performing these tasks. It’s also a good idea to create a hidden backup of text layers for future editing purposes.