How to Convert Fonts to Outlines in Adobe Illustrator

Converting Fonts to Outlines is Easy with 2 Steps

Fonts can be a challenge when sending your artwork to print. We may not have your particular font installed on our computers, subsequently the system may automatically change your fonts, sometimes without anyone noticing. It is important to view your digital proof carefully.

How it works is that once you follow these steps, your fonts are no longer font files but rather they are converted into pictures of the text. Then Adobe Illustrator no longer recognizes this as a missing font error.

Without these 2 steps your design will likely print incorrectly with an automatic substitute font and misalignment.

Step 1

To convert your fonts to outlines in Adobe Illustrator.
Go Select > Select All

Please note it does matter if other graphic elements are selected.

Text to paths

Step 2

Select Type > Create Outlines from the menu.

Texts to paths

Your Fonts have now been Converted to Outlines

The text will become outlined and can no longer be edited.
Now, as you can see, the line beneath the text is gone.

Please save a new copy and send it to us. You can find Upload Instructions here.

Converted Font to Outline

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 message that will show up is like the below picture.

A substitute font can lead to all sorts of spacing issues. Of course it would not be how you created your design so we hope these 2 easy steps to convert fonts to outlines will assist you to ensure perfection with your next project!

Adobe Illustrator Fonts to Outlines Warning Message

If You Do Not have Access to Adobe Illustrator

If you do not have access to Adobe Illustrator or if your file was created in Photoshop, then simply send us the font file and we can instal it on our computer.
Google Fonts is an excellent resource that you can download from.