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Real World Print Production with Adobe Creative Suite Applications by Claudia McCue

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Converting Text To Outlines

By now you’re probably thinking, “Surely I can just convert my text to outlines and completely avoid the Font Police.” Surprisingly (or perhaps not, at this point), converting text to outlines does not sidestep the provisions of the font vendor’s EULA. In fact, while some font vendors’ licensing allows conversion of text to outlines, many expressly forbid it.

Additionally, you must consider that, even if a font vendor’s EULA permits outlining fonts, you may see some slight loss of quality when printing to low-resolution devices such as in-house printers if you convert to outlines, especially with small, serif text.

What’s a concerned citizen to do? First and foremost, read the license before you purchase fonts. If ...

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