Adobe Illustrator is an invaluable tool for designers and is the primary format we work with.  So in “Illustrator 101”, we’ll highlight some basic techniques, shortcuts, and general tips to help you in designing and submitting your artwork.  In this post, we’ll show you how to convert your fonts into vector format.

From time to time, customer’s submit art files that have fonts not contained in our system. This results in an Adobe Illustrator error message when the file is opened, warning that the ‘font is missing and a stock font will be substituted in it’s place’. Needless to say, this means the text of your logo doesn’t appear as you intended.  To avoid this problem, be sure to always convert your text to vector art by using the “create outlines” tool.

Follow these simple steps to ensure the text will be preserved as you designed:

STEP #1 – Choose the Selection Tool (shortcut = “V”)

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STEP #2 – Select your text (underlined in text format).

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STEP #3 – Select the “Type” window, then select “Create Outlines” (Mac shortcut = Shift/Command/O, PC shortcut = Shift/Control/O).

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STEP #4 – Your text should now be outlined in vector format.

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