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    Outline and the attached OTF file.

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    Yes, always outline. But don't save your own indesign documents with outlines. When your design is done save the indesign document. Then select everything ( ctrl+a or cmd+a) and make outlines, then make a pdf. If you've done that don't save your indesign document. If you have to make text changes you can, if your document is outlined you can't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meks View Post
    When your design is done save the indesign document. Then select everything ( ctrl+a or cmd+a) and make outlines, then make a pdf. If you've done that don't save your indesign document. If you have to make text changes you can, if your document is outlined you can't.
    That's the way ;-)

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    If you're not sure, just include an outlined & non-outlined version, and supply the OTF files so the printer can install them if necessary.

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    outline dificults readability

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    Hello!

    If you're sending the packaging label/design for output/printing it would always be wise to outline the fonts! more often than not your printer would not have the same fonts as you. This is a process called FA or Final Artwork in graphic design, where you prepare the artwork for print (Bleed,size,outline fonts, colour grading,file-linking, etc)

    It is also good that you talk to your printers, ask them what they need from you are there any other specific things that they want from you to acquire your final outcome of the product such as finishings(Spot UV, Foil-printing,etc)

    Hope this helps!

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    Usually PDFs and the like will have fonts embedded, though, so it depends on the format of your files.

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    As a printer, I always ask designers to include:

    - one file with outlined text
    - one file with non-outlined text
    - the necessary OTF files

    I hope this helps!

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    Always good to outline, unless you have to send the project to somebody who has to edit it.

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    Outline allways, save you time in the future

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    When it comes to outline or not outline fonts. If you are unsure, always outline. When you outline your text you are stripping away the font and turning that text into a graphic.

    If you are packaging you files from InDesign, no need to outline the fonts as part of the packaging process makes a copy of your font and places it in the packaged folder.

    The only time I have had to outline fonts when packaging an InDesign document is when the font has it built right into to as a security precaution to not allow such actions. Outlining the font resolved the problem and I was good to go.

    Just remember that is you outline your font and click save and close the file. There is no coming back from this. So, make a copy of the file, outline the fonts and save.

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    I find that outlined type renders a bit thicker on screen, and also sometimes in print! I generally prefer to keep type working, and only outline if the printer requests it.

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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
    I agree.. this is what I do & I've never had problems.

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    Yep, outlined document, though it breaks the font a little bit...

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    I've always outlined fonts to be sure there won't be problems. But you could ask for a "example print" (I can't find a proper name) to see before the "official" print if there's an error, so that you can always fix it

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