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    Do you outline fonts in packaging design?

    Hi there,

    This is my first time in designing labels/packaging. I usually outline fonts in logos. And I did outline fonts in labels too. Is it actually correct? Won't be any problem when printing?

    (I'm scared if I did something wrong)

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    I think it depends on how the printing company handles fonts and in what format do you output. I think it's quite safe to outline them if you're not sure.

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    I always outline the fonts because it can cause problems if you dont.

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    I think it is safe to do so - as long as the expanded width doesn't eat in to the kerning of neighbouring letters. I would alter a font in illustrator and get it looking ok then expand it so that the stroke width doesn't vary when scaling in different application placement to be safe.

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    I would tend to outline before production on packaging. As long as the content is signed off it stops any mix ups between your machine and the printers

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    Yes, ALWAYS I CAN. Sometimes if its a big project with a big amount of text then I send the fonts without outline them or converting them to curves. But this is only a 1% of my designs.

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    I always convert fonts to outlines, sometimes the file has been corrupted in the printers rip and the fonts have been replaced to a common one.

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    I work in digital print company and we ALWAYS ask the clients to outline text. Best results and no problems at all. Also text is sharper especially with low points/size.

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    I always make sure to give the line and the attached source otf file

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    Outline. Creates less headaches for printers

    Just remember to have a copy of the original Non-Outlined version

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaclandry View Post
    Outline. Creates less headaches for printers

    Just remember to have a copy of the original Non-Outlined version
    Exactly :-) but also best quality for the sharpness (in digital print).

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    If you don't outline your font into a vector and the printer does not have said font then all hell breaks loose

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    When you outline the font, the other person doesn't need to have the font on their computer. So it's good.

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    Thank you for your replies. From now on, i'll have two versions, outlined and not. for safety :)

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    I have had outline in body text provoke rendering errors on-screen. Plus, its not selectable if the pdf is going to be used for something else. As long as the fonts are being managed correctly there should not be problems. At least, not in my experience.

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