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Outlining fonts in PDF instead of Illustrator

A few days ago, a coworker approached me expressing that he didn’t have the vector of the logo we needed for a project. I advised him to pull it from the brand guidelines, which we have in PDF format, but he explained that he tried opening the PDF in Illustrator and got the error message that fonts were being substituted: The document contains PDF objects that have been reinterpreted.


Here’s a quick tutorial to bypass that issue and extract the logo or element you need from a PDF.

Open the PDF in Acrobat Pro. Under Tools on the right, expand the Print Production menu.
Check Convert All Text to Outlines on the left.
Click the page range on the bottom panel; click apply, and then, (this is counterintuitive) click OK in the second panel on the left.Hit Save on your PDF, or Save as, if you don’t want to save over the original. Now you can open it in Illustrator with an outlined logo!

Flattener-preview.png.If you have any trouble, please do reach out to me. I’m happy to help troubleshoot any design program issues.


  • reply
    September 6, 2014

    love it.

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