I have a file that is missing several different fonts. I don't want to flatten the file as I want a transparent background. I don't want it to open with a bunch of missing fonts because it will change the design/layout. I am basically going to use it as a background image. But I do want to open in Illustrator to change colors/rotate, etc. Is there a way to Create Outlines on opening the file? I have tried opening or placing as an svg and pdf.
You can create a new file in Illustrator and then use File > Place to place that file with the missing fonts. Link it, don't embed.
Then Object > Flatten transparency (outline text)
Select and copy all the now outlined text from it that you need. and paste it into a new file
Then open the missing fonts file normally.
Paste all those outlined texts into it and delete the missing font elements (or hide them, just as you need)
That didn't work. It is slicing it into chunks of images.
So the text gets sliced into chunks?
The idea is that you use the Flatten transparency to just get the text from it.
And then open it and replace the text there.
It would really help if you could show screenshots.
Are you sure that there was text in the original file?
Thanks for reaching out. It seems that the text has already been rasterized, as suggested by Monika. You might need to do this again from the original file for this to work.
Feel free to reach out if you have more questions or need assistance. We'd be happy to help.