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Easy way to convert text to outline while exporting

Most of our printers still ask for fonts to be outlined.
Unfortunately the process to outline is very complicated and usually results in bullets, text box backgrounds and underline/over-lines disappearing. I also don't always want to flatten the whole document but simply rasterize the text. Especially when sending something to print that has different ink layers. Being able to outline text in the Export dialog box would be the best solution. This way I don't have to save a separate document or undo all my changes before saving so I retain my text in the Indd file.

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      • Mal commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        XPress does not need texts outlined at all when outputting to print-ready PDF, which means I don't need to save two copies of everything for I do for print, and/or I don't need to remember to undo my commands to outline text before closing the file. As it is, I'm always forgetting to do this and so end up with several files that require an entire re-do just to edit some small part of them. Or having to put the PDF outputted into Illustrator and see if I can make the amendments I need to do there.

        What can be done to improve InDesign in this regard. I still use XPress for this very reason, that I have only one file and that file has all text as text and nothing but, which means it is entirely editable.

      • Shaun commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Reply to Evan: the flattened feature only seems to work when using older versions of acrobat which in my experience leads to errors for example missing gradients and drop shadow in links.
        I think a better text outline feature on export would be very helpful

      • Evan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        In case it helps you, you *sort of* can already do this, though it's not very intuitive. Go to EDIT >> TRANSPARENCY FLATTENER PRESETS. Click NEW. Give it a name you'll remember like "Outline Everything" Check the box for CONVERT ALL TEXT TO OUTLINES and hit OK to save that preset. Now when you go to export your PDF, in the export options, go to ADVANCED and choose your "Outline Everything" preset from the "Transparency Flattener" dropdown menu. You'll probably have to go back and tweak the settings in your flattener preset a few times to get exactly what you want.

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