One of easiest ways to ensure smooth sailing from file to plate is to outline your fonts into vector shapes if you are using either Adobe Illustrator or InDesign. Outlining text into shapes frees you of the troublesome worry of whether you need to send along your fonts or embed them with your file. It also lets you add strokes to thinner fonts with ease – since the text becomes a vector shape, you’ll have more control over how each character looks.
Here’s the scoop in three simple steps:
• Select the text with your black arrow tool in either Illustrator or InDesign. The black arrow tool is your default selection tool.
• Select TYPE>Create Outlines.
• Click anywhere that is blank on your art board and voila! Your text is now converted into fully editable vector shapes!
If the text looks a little thicker than usual, don’t panic! Simply deselect your text or click anywhere on your art board to deselect it and you’ll find that your text looks completely normal.