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Outline type when exporting PDF

For various reasons, I export most of my high-res PDFs with the type outlined. Once a piece is finalized, I'll duplicate any pages in the file, then outline the type before exporting. It's not ideal (it confuses anyone new who comes in and has to work with our files), but it works.

The downfall is that, if there are any links using live type, that won't get outlined. And if it's a multi-page document, we wind up with a LOT of outlining and a ton of pages.

It would be AMAZING if InDesign included the option to outline all type upon export.

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  • Pt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yep, absolutely agree. It would save me heaps of time.

    Reasons I need to outline text:
    - Make PDF rendering more reliable when going to press with unusual fonts
    - Make it that much harder for clients to edit print-ready PDFs

  • Mandi commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Anonymous (May 9, 2018), THANK YOU! I'm going to look into that!!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Just FYI: You can output a PDF with outlined fonts by creating a preset. Here's a quick answer from another part of the forum:

    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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