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The issue of dealing with fonts is kind of tricky in the design world, and especially nowadays with so many people putting so much emphasis on trading and sharing fonts, and all that kind of stuff; you are really being watched. So now I'm going to show you how to get around actually having to share the fonts that use in your designs by showing you how to easily convert your text to what we call outlines inside of Illustrator. Basically, the premise here is that I've finished a logo, and I'm getting way to send this logo out to someone else, be it a printer, the client themselves, or whoever. When I'm sending this logo, perhaps I have used some sort of proprietary font that only I have.
I don't want to give that font to the client, or the printer, simply because they don't own the rights to it necessarily, and I can get into some trouble for that. So I need to be able to send them this artwork, and have it reproduce correctly. So how I do that? I am going to utilize outlines inside of Illustrator. So as you see, this is still a regular text object here, and if I double-click, I can edit the text in any way I see fit. But I want to be able to send this out, so it will be reproducible, without having to give the font away. So in order to do that, I am going to up to the Type menu, and then I'm going to pick Create Outlines. You can also hit the keyboard shortcut Shift+Control+O, or Shift+Command+O on the Mac.
When you do that, you lose the editing capabilities for your text, but you gain the ability to edit the text as individual paths. You also eliminate the problem of having to share the font, because now it's not live editable text; it's actually just a series of paths. As far as illustrator knows, these are just a bunch of shapes; it has nothing to do with text at this point. So now you can this send this out. Anybody can use it, and they don't have to worry about having that font on their system.
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