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text to outlines?

text to outlines?

text to outlines?

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Is it a good idea to convert a page of 8 point text to outlines to avoid font issues at press?

I am inclined to think its NOT a good idea b/c when creating outlines - It seems that the fonts tend to bloat a bit and get messy.  Especailly when they are so small.

Any advice?

Thanks - nate

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RE: text to outlines?

use a system font like arial or times for type that small. That way you stand a better chance of the printer having the font. If you simply cant part with the font you've chosen send the font along with the file.

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RE: text to outlines?

From what I read the bloat maybe due to a stroke inadvertantly (sp) being applied. With the size of the type a san-serif type should be used -- but being it a vector size should not matter. Hah!

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RE: text to outlines?

I don't think it is a good idea. Depending on the resolution and postscript interpreter of the imagesetter or printer, outline type might look bolder than actual font type. Postscript is not flawless.

RE: text to outlines?

The 'bloat' may be a simple display effect.  Try zooming in onscreen.  

You may also experience the bloat when it goes to press if the dpi/ppi is too low and the RIP chokes on all the tiny vector data.

When possible, embed the fonts in the illustrator EPS file.  Packing the  font file separately may also be a good idea but some printers may forget or ignore it.  

Embedding the font is safest route.  Outlining fonts really blows up your file size.

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