Wondering what is “Outlined” text? What is the use of outlined text in Illustrator when effects can be applied easily on Live text?
An outlined text/font is a vector shape, created by tracing the live text. Once a text is converted to outline, editing/changing font size is not possible. It would behave like a shape created by Pen/pencil tool.
How to outline text in Illustrator:
Instead of working with a duplicate file, you can duplicate the artboard, keep it in a distance, that items outside are not affected and then you can outline it. If you make changes in other items and color swatches you can do it in the editable version simulanously, if you work with global swatches it will do it automatically.
If you need to outline for production purposes, like for cutting plotters, save as PDF/X-4 and do the outlining in Acrobat Pro.
"If you need to outline for production purposes, like for cutting plotters, save as PDF/X-4 and do the outlining in Acrobat Pro."
That is not a good idea. If you outline for plotting then you absolutely need to check the result (if it is clean and all paths are closed - we all know about crappy fonts) and you probably need to do further editing like combining paths orcleaning up overlaps. So you need to do that in Illustrator.
In addition to your excellent points about outlining fonts, I would add that outlining fonts is rarely needed in a modern workflow. Drawbacks include reduced quality on-screen viewing (type hinting is lost, "i" & "l" may appear bold), Text will no longer be searchable or ADA compliant, some type may not outline properly, particularly underlines or dicy fonts, the pdf will be harder to edit. I also wanted to point out that editing an Illustrator PDF in Acrobat can break it. That said, using an Acrobat preflight profile to outline fonts is one of the safest ways to do it with non-Illustrator PDFs.
Converting text to outlines in graphic designs will help artwork be more portable and easier to archive for long term use and re-use. When a design contains active text objects the same exact font files used to create that design must be present on the computer to avoid font substitution issues. Problems may arise if the file is opened on a different computer, or a computer on another OS platform. We all eventually replace our computers. A new computer will often have different fonts installed, or even newer yet different versions of same name fonts. The versions of Arial or Times New Roman in a brand new Windows 10 PC will be different than those from a vintage computer running Windows XP. It's possible for an operating system to remove support for a font format. In the 1990's Type 1 Multiple Master fonts were somewhat popular, but they required the use of Adobe Type Manager, which was discontinued. Now the Multiple Master concept has returned with Variable Fonts. Documents containing Variable Font based text objects can only be opened in newer generations of graphics software.
Thank you so much everyone for adding your suggestions. This will surely help our users.
I advocate for outlining fonts for version control, client interaction and general portability purposes.
Outlined EPS files serve many masters. And serve faithfully, universally for the broadest range of output needs. Still. I recommend them highly.
I liked your reply on this subject.
I was also hoping you might have an answer to my Illustator question:
I have transitioned from CS6 to CC2020. In the old days, if I clicked on a shape (on a corner, for instance) with the solid selection arrow, all corners were filled in and the object could be moved without distortion. With CC2020 it seems I need to grab the center point or a point on the shape outline to move it. Otherwise it wants to automatically scale or rotate the object I selected. My goal is to grab the corner and then use that corner to align with (jump to) a point of another object.
Can you provide an explanation or technique for moving shapes in a similar fashion to CS6 by selecting a corner point of the object being moved while maintaining the original shape and rotational orientation?
Your interpretation is correct.
To move something now, you need to select it with the Black Arrow/Selection Tool and either click-drag it from the frame, away from the anchor points, or by placing your cursor directly inside a filled element of the art and dragging from there. To move it for alignment with other object(s), you want to turn on Smart Guides and use these handy tools to make your life easier.
You can find out more about using Smart Guides here:
There's a specific setion on how to use smart guides to quick-align graphic elements you're working with. But there's also a great overview of how to work with all the upgraded guide and grid features found in Illustrator CC. If you're up for the graduate course, check out the options for designing along 2D and 3D perspective grids. Fall down this rabbit hole and you'll be way ahead of drawing scalable work with Adobe Illustrator CC.
Hope this helps you,