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Strange l's in PDF?

Discussion in 'Adobe Forum:' started by Poppy Design, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. Poppy Design

    Poppy Design Member


    Does anyone know why, when you create a PDF version of an Illustrator file (with text created to outlines) and then open the PDF the letter l's and i's sometimes appear as if in bold?!

    Once printed it is fine but if I need to use the PDF for web format it is not so good.

    Would it be the font? I tried a couple including Arial and they all seemed to do it!

  2. Pixels Ink

    Pixels Ink Member

    THis is a glitch that i've never seen a fix for.

    When sending a PDF to the client for approval send it with fonts embedded and not outlined. This way they won't see the issue with the letter L. Just make sure to outline the fonts for the final print file.
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2008
  3. Poppy Design

    Poppy Design Member

    Hi Pixels Ink

    Thanks for the reply.

    What a pain!

    This particular project is a flyer that is for PDF screen use and in office print.

    I tried some other fonts (instead of arial) and used Adobe Garamond Pro and it is fine now - though the font is not really what I would have chosen!
    It must be an Adobe thing!

  4. Pixels Ink

    Pixels Ink Member

    It only does it with Sans Serif fonts - things like Arial, Futura, Century Gothic etc.

    And yeah, it is a bit of a pain and I wish they would find a solution.
  5. neildigital

    neildigital Member

    I have found this is solved on some fonts by reducing or increasing the postscript/pdf version when producing the pdf.
    It doesnt always work, but i find most of mine need to be reduced to acrobat 4/5.

  6. Pixels Ink

    Pixels Ink Member

    That may explain why I don't remember it happening years ago, but only in more recent years (since the introduction of the CS versions)
  7. pcbranding

    pcbranding Member


    Ah! I'm glad others have encountered this. Nothing worse than sending outlined PDF to client for them to pick this up and not really have a reason for it!
    Thank you.

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