How to Convert Fonts to Curves in Acrobat


Converting fonts to curves replaces fonts with a vector image of the font. Although converting fonts to curves is usually performed within the vector-editing program, occasionally, you will need to convert fonts after the PDF is created. This usually occurs when the printer is unable to use the fonts included in the file. Adobe's flattening feature provides a workaround to convert fonts to curves within Acrobat.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Acrobat 8 or higher
  • Add a watermark to the PDF. Select "Document>Watermark>Add." It does not matter what the watermark is because it will be hidden from view. Enter anything in the "Text" box or add any file of choice.

  • Change the opacity of the watermark. Slide the "Opacity" slider all the way to the left until it is at 0 percent. Click on "OK."

  • Flatten the pages. Select "Advanced>Print Production>Flattener Preview." Select "Convert All Text to Outlines." Then, select "All pages in document" in the "Apply to Document" section. Click on "Apply."

Tips & Warnings

  • Converting fonts to curves makes the text no longer searchable.

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