Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Convert all text to outlines in a PDF, part of InDesign Insider Training: Print PDFs.
…Sooner or later, some printing company is going to tell you to convert all…your text to outlines before sending them your file and I hate this.…I mean, I've heard from plenty of printers who say it's…necessary, that otherwise they can't guarantee…that your PDF will print correctly,…and I suppose as the saying goes, I shouldn't judge until…I've walked a mile in their shoes, but jeez, I really disagree.…A good quality PDF has everything they need to print it properly, even the fonts.…Most printers shouldn't, and don't ask you to convert your text to outlines.…
But look, my arguing about this is not going to…change the fact that you may have to do it.…And the problem is, if you select some text or a text frame and go to…the Type menu and choose Create Outlines, this…can cause all kinds of problems in your document.…For example, bullets and paragraph rules can disappear.…Also, if you use Create Outlines, your text isn't editable anymore,…and when that last minute typo has to be fixed, you're stuck.…Fortunately, there's a far better way to make…
- Comparing the Export vs. Distiller workflows
- Using Adobe PDF presets
- Adjusting image compression
- Creating a hybrid print/screen PDF
- Keeping your PDF file size small
- Batching exporting PDFs
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: Why can't I open the exercise files?
A: If you cannot open the files, try the IDML file, as David explains in the third movie of the course.