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Finding substituted fonts and glyphs

From: Illustrator Insider Training: Type and Text

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Nothing is worse than getting an Illustrator file from somebody else, opening it up on your computer, and then finding out that you're missing fonts. Well, actually there is something worse: opening up a document that's missing fonts without you knowing about it, and then, later on, only towards the end of the project, do you find out that you're missing some fonts. That's if you're lucky. You may not find out until after the job is printed. Well, Illustrator has several ways to alert you to the fact that fonts are missing. So I just want to point these out to you, and you can employ them as needed. So I will go to the File menu here and I'll choose Open.

Finding substituted fonts and glyphs

Nothing is worse than getting an Illustrator file from somebody else, opening it up on your computer, and then finding out that you're missing fonts. Well, actually there is something worse: opening up a document that's missing fonts without you knowing about it, and then, later on, only towards the end of the project, do you find out that you're missing some fonts. That's if you're lucky. You may not find out until after the job is printed. Well, Illustrator has several ways to alert you to the fact that fonts are missing. So I just want to point these out to you, and you can employ them as needed. So I will go to the File menu here and I'll choose Open.

I will navigate to Chapter 7 of my exercise files, and I will open up this file called substituted.ai. I am going to choose Open, and there is actually a missing font here. You can see here that it says Font Problems. I actually used ChaparralPro Semibold when I created this document, but on my machine I don't have that specific weight of the font. Now, in reality, Illustrator should always throw up a dialog box if you're missing a font in a document, but I can tell you that throughout a day-to-day basis we see so many error dialog boxes, we may not be focusing, we may not realize, we may just click OK or click Open without kind of really paying attention to what this error dialog box is saying.

So I am just going to choose Open and I am going to center this here on my screen, and you can see over here that it says Say it with flowers. Now, we've been looking at this text throughout much of the course, so I can pretty much tell that Myriad is not the typeface that I want to be using here. However, if I look over here at the Character panel, you can see that the word Chaparral Pro is listed as Semibold, but it sure doesn't look that way. It looks just like Myriad does. But you can see that the font here, Chaparral Pro, has a little asterisk next to it. That identifies that what I'm seeing right now is a substituted font.

The person who designed this file actually used Chaparral Pro Semibold, but I don't have it installed on my machine, so Illustrator is substituting a different font for it right now. Now, there is another way for you to actually identify where fonts are missing. See, right now the only way for me to know that is if I actually select that text. But maybe I am working on a file that somebody else worked on. I open up the file, there are tons of text elements in this document. I don't want to have to start clicking on different things, and I certainly don't know, since I wasn't the original designer, just by looking at it, if some fonts have been substituted.

So I will go to the File menu here and I'll choose Document Setup, and from the Bleed and View Options section here, I am going to check this box called Highlight Substituted Fonts. Now when I click OK, Illustrator will highlight in pink any areas where fonts have been substituted. So now, just by quickly looking at my document, I can identify where the problems are. If I go back to this dialog box again and I choose to open up Document Setup, you will see there is another option here called Highlight Substituted Glyphs.

Again, this could be a specific glyph that maybe I had installed on one machine. Maybe I had the Pro version of a font, but on this system I only have the Standard version of the font, so I may be missing some glyphs. Those would get highlighted in a yellow color. So whenever you see these pink areas, that refers to substituted fonts, and if you see yellow highlighted areas, that refers to substituted glyphs. Now, how would I clear this up? Well, I certainly don't have the missing typeface installed on my machine right now. If I were able to, I would call up the original designer and I ask him to send me those.

However, if that's not possible, my next course of action would be to go to the Type menu, choose Find Font, see where that font is being used in my document right here, and it's identified by having these little brackets that appear around it. I can highlight that font and then simply swap it out for a completely different font that exists either inside my document or that's already loaded in my system. Dealing with font problems is certainly never the most enjoyable part of your job. However, hopefully these features here in Illustrator make it just that much more bearable.

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Illustrator Insider Training: Type and Text

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Mordy Golding
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  1. 6m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 24s
    2. Art, typography, and Illustrator
      4m 23s
    3. Using the exercise files
      26s
  2. 38m 30s
    1. Knowing Illustrator's limitations
      5m 47s
    2. The three type objects in Illustrator
      11m 18s
    3. Area type, point type, and the bounding box
      4m 35s
    4. The difference between type and text
      3m 42s
    5. Unicode: consistent type for all
      4m 23s
    6. Bringing text from Microsoft Word into Illustrator
      8m 45s
  3. 39m 51s
    1. Understanding font types
      6m 28s
    2. Using the Glyphs panel
      8m 30s
    3. OpenType support and automatic glyph replacement
      9m 43s
    4. Previewing fonts as you use them
      5m 0s
    5. Converting text into editable vector paths
      6m 19s
    6. Using the Find Font feature
      3m 51s
  4. 49m 4s
    1. Setting up the document
      12m 26s
    2. Basic character settings and keyboard shortcuts
      7m 28s
    3. Kerning, tracking, and optical kerning
      13m 6s
    4. Using horizontal and vertical scaling
      4m 38s
    5. Using the Baseline Shift and Character Rotation options
      7m 28s
    6. Using underlines and strikethroughs
      2m 5s
    7. Working with small caps, superscript, and subscript
      1m 53s
  5. 46m 36s
    1. Basic paragraph settings and keyboard shortcuts
      6m 47s
    2. Setting tabs and leaders
      11m 51s
    3. Setting indents and spacing
      9m 6s
    4. Understanding hyphenation and justification settings
      10m 28s
    5. Understanding the composers in Illustrator
      8m 24s
  6. 16m 7s
    1. Threading text across multiple objects
      8m 17s
    2. Adding multiple text columns in a single object
      3m 29s
    3. Specifying an inset for area type objects
      4m 21s
  7. 32m 53s
    1. Text styles in Illustrator
      7m 6s
    2. Defining and modifying character styles
      10m 40s
    3. Defining and modifying paragraph styles
      5m 0s
    4. Understanding the style override
      5m 3s
    5. Sharing styles across documents
      2m 10s
    6. Changing default type settings
      2m 54s
  8. 37m 9s
    1. Aligning text margins and indents optically
      3m 53s
    2. Creating non-breaking text
      2m 36s
    3. Changing case
      1m 39s
    4. Using smart punctuation
      5m 12s
    5. Selecting type objects easily
      3m 20s
    6. Understanding hidden text codes
      2m 20s
    7. Checking spelling
      3m 3s
    8. Using language support to your advantage
      3m 41s
    9. Changing text with Find and Replace
      3m 54s
    10. Finding substituted fonts and glyphs
      3m 55s
    11. Wrapping text around objects
      3m 36s
  9. 16m 47s
    1. Setting type along a path
      10m 22s
    2. The difference between open and closed paths
      6m 25s
  10. 10m 57s
    1. Understanding legacy text
      4m 23s
    2. Updating legacy text
      6m 34s
  11. 1m 16s
    1. Next steps
      1m 16s

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