Convert Text Fonts to Outlines in Adobe Illustrator

Fonts can be a challenge when sending your artwork to press as we may not have your particular font installed on our computers and therefore it will print incorrectly. Converting Fonts to Outlines, also known as text to paths or curves is very easy with a few simple steps. It basically means that your fonts are no longer fonts but converted into pictures of the text so that Adobe Illustrator no longer recognizes this as an error. Without this step your design would likely print incorrectly with an automatic substitute font.

Step 1

To convert your fonts to outlines, go Select > Select All. It doesn’t matter if other graphic elements are selected.
Test to paths

Step 2

Select Type > Create Outlines from the menu.

Texts to paths

The text will become outlined and can’t be edited for spelling as text.Now, as you can see, the line beneath the text has gone.

Font converted to outlines

This is one of the most common challenges even with professional graphic designers as it’s often forgotten and no warnings show up on the designers side. When we open your file, the first error that may show up is like the below picture. A substitute font can lead to all sorts of spacing issues and of course it’s not how you imagined your design. We hope these 2 easy steps to convert fonts to outlines will assist you to ensure perfection with your next project!

Fonts to outlines warning