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If you need to collaborate with someone else to create artwork in Adobe Illustrator, you'll appreciate the ability to package files along with fonts. Let's take a look at how to use this feature and some of Illustrator's other font management features. So, here's my Illustrator file, and at this point in my workflow, I need to send it along to a colleague to add some artwork. Since I have live text here, the person who receives this file will need to have these same fonts I used active on their system to avoid any trouble with this file and to be able to output it correctly. So to package my file, I'll choose File > Package and in the dialog box, I can select a location. I'll just a leave it on my desktop. I can also name the folder. Again, I'll just leave it at the default here. And in the Options section, I can copy fonts used in the document, except for Chinese, Japanese, an Korean fonts. I'll click Package, and I get an alert telling me to make sure that I stay in compliance with my font licenses. OK. Then I can click on Show Package. Here's the folder I just created, along with the text file, the Illustrator file, and the folder with the two fonts that are used in the document. Note that this feature will collect only fonts used in my file. It won't collect an entire family of fonts. So you can see here it collected Myriad Pro Regular, but not the other fonts in the Myriad Pro family. So if you want to collect whole font families to send with your file, you'd need to do that manually. Another feature for managing fonts in your Illustrator files is Find Font. You can access it by choosing Type > Find Font. And you can see a list of fonts used in the document here. If you click on a font, text formatted with that font is highlighted. So if I click on Myriad Pro, I see the ingredients highlighted. If I click on Rage Italic, I see the title. And if you right-click on a font, you can also see a little sample here inside the dialogue box, of the text that's formatted with that font. You can use the find and change features in the dialog box to replace fonts in a document with other fonts, either from the document, or from your system. And you can filter the list by showing only specific types of fonts down here in the Include in List. You can deselect or select, OpenType, Type 1, and so on, and if you click Save List over here on the right, you can create a. And if you click on Save List, you can save the plain text file with a list of all the fonts used in the document. For now I'll just click Done. And there's one other font related feature of Illustrator that I want to draw your attention to. And that's something called missing glyph protection. It's a preference that you enable or disable, by pressing Cmd of Ctrl+K, to open your preferences. And going to Type Preferences and right down here at the bottom, Enable Missing Glyph Protection. It's turned on by default and with it on, Illustrator will automatically make a font substitution if I try to apply a font that doesn't contain a glyph I need for my text. So let's try it out. So here in my recipe I have a couple of the ingredients that include the number three quarters, which is a single glyph, in the font Myriad Pro Regular. If I select all the text, and apply a different font, say Neutraface Slab Text Book, and I'll zoom in, highlight the three quarters glyph.
I can see that that's still Myriad Pro Regular. Well, that's because that three quarters glyph doesn't exist in the Neutraface font, so Illustrator kept the Myriad Pro Font. Now let's undo that change. I'll press Cmd or Ctrl+K again, to bring up the preferences, go to Type and this time I'll deselect Enable Missing Glyph Protection, click OK. And we'll make that same font change. So I'll select the text in the Character panel, bring up Neutraface Slab text Book, and now look what happens. There's empty spaces where the three quarters were. Illustrator's still keeping track of what's supposed to be there but its not substituting a different font, and if I select some of the text and apply that Myriad Pro font again. You can see the three quarters comes back. So why would you want to turn this missing glyph protection off? Well, you might not notice an unwanted font substitution with missing glyph protection turned on. Empty spaces in your text might be a lot easier to spot than a subtle font change. So it's up to you whether you'd rather have Illustrator make sure all your text appears even if it's in the wrong font. Or if you'd rather have to spot and solve the problem yourself. You can also use the Find Font feature to confirm that your document only contains the fonts that you intend. And lastly the Missing Glyph Protection feature can also be the thing that causes you to see unexpected fonts turn up in a package file. So if you see fonts you don't remember using in a packaged fonts folder it might be because you applied a font that didn't have all the glyphs you needed to represent your text.
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