Appearance of the letter"l"on a logo does not render correctly on PDF

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Jun 19, 2017 Jun 19, 2017

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I have a logo created in illustrator that has two lowercase l's. The logo is placed in Indesign and then a PDF is created. The "l" look different than the other letters on the PDF, sometimes thicker or thinner depending on what percentage it is viewed. When you zoom in, they look fine. I tried to make the paths a compound path which was a suggested fix. This worked inconsistently. I also read that you can set your viewing preference in acrobat to have enhanced viewing. This wont work because I do not control how every user views the PDF. Any other ideas on how to fix this?

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LEGEND , Jun 20, 2017 Jun 20, 2017

I wasn't clear, I see. I meant this is characteristic of flattening transparency - so DON'T do that. Don't flatten transparency and don't outline fonts.

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Jun 19, 2017 Jun 19, 2017

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This is characteristic of outlining text rather than keeping fonts, which include "hints" for accurate screen display. Or, flattening transparency before, or as part of, making the PDF. Do neither of these things, if you want it to look nice on screen, would be my advice.

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Thanks for the advice.  I tried that and it actually made it worse. I cannot keep it as a font because it is a logo that was provided as vector art in illustrator.

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Jun 19, 2017 Jun 19, 2017

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You mean it was already outlined before you got it? if so, find out the font used to make it, and use the original font in Illustrator.

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I will look into that. Thanks

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LEGEND ,
Jun 19, 2017 Jun 19, 2017

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What did you try, by the way?

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I flattened the transparency when making the PDF out of indesign. It is odd because the logo is used on many pages and in different sizes and some look better than others.

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I wasn't clear, I see. I meant this is characteristic of flattening transparency - so DON'T do that. Don't flatten transparency and don't outline fonts.

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Feb 26, 2020 Feb 26, 2020

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Hi Wendy, 

Just wondered if you ever came across a fix for this? I have a company logo that has done the exact same thing (same letter!) for years and it's freaking out everyone who views PDF proofs (even though it prints just fine). I know it's just a glitch in Acrobat because if you zoom in it appears fine. Just wondered if you had any luck. Thanks!

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Wow. I can't believe the only advise is to not outline fonts or to expect other users to turn off a preference! There are lots of times when I have to outline fonts. The answer is really, really simple - in any shape that has only four points (the lower part of a lower case i, a lower case L or an upper case I) simply add an extra point anywhere along the path. That way, Acrobat no longer sees it as a line and therefore doesn't try to enhance it. You haven't changed the shape or destroyed any one's precious design, just let Acrobat know that this rectangle isn't a line

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