Convert PDF text to curves (LOCKED)

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Hi,

I need to do a couple of minor text changes to a menu that I have been sent as a PDF. When I open the file in Illustrator CS2, it all works except for the headings - which are in a font (Shelley Allegro) that I don't have.

The headings look fine viewed in Acrobat 7 Pro, so obviously there is an embedded subset of the font in the PDF.

Is there a way to convert the text to curves when opening the file? I don't need to edit the headings - but I don't want to rasterise them by opening in Photoshop either.

I was able to place the pdf in Illustrator CS3 and then go to Object/Flatten Transparency. In the pop-up window check turn fonts to outlines. I didn't need to change the transparency.
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Hi,

I need to do a couple of minor text changes to a menu that I have been sent as a PDF. When I open the file in Illustrator CS2, it all works except for the headings - which are in a font (Shelley Allegro) that I don't have.

The headings look fine viewed in Acrobat 7 Pro, so obviously there is an embedded subset of the font in the PDF.

Is there a way to convert the text to curves when opening the file? I don't need to edit the headings - but I don't want to rasterise them by opening in Photoshop either.

I was able to place the pdf in Illustrator CS3 and then go to Object/Flatten Transparency. In the pop-up window check turn fonts to outlines. I didn't need to change the transparency.
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"Is there a way to convert the text to curves when opening the file?"
technically...NO.
However-make a copy of the PDF--open the copy in Acrobat Pro--save as EPS click 'settings' go to 'transparency and flattening(look for the check box that says 'convert all text to outlines'--then open EPS in illustrator and copy 'heading text'--open original PDF in illustrator--delete headings--paste copied 'outline text' into file....then continue with your edits...it's a bit of a workaround...but it should accomplish what you need...

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Thanks Tman, your workaround sounded good, but unfortunately doesn't work. I still get an error of "the document contains fonts that are not on your system" even if I save as EPS with Convert Text to Outlines checked and when opened in Illy the font is definitely different (and I tried as a postscript file too, just in case, and i tried altering the raster/vector level to see if that helped, but no)

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You can see if the fonts are embedded in Acrobat (file> properties) if they are, you may be able to make the edits in Acrobat using the select text tool (or pitstop if you have it). A PDF may appear to display properly without embedded fonts, but editing and printing is dicy. Outlining is old-school, but if you must, this will work: In Acrobat go to document> watermark> add> text> (hit space bar) opacity 99%> OK.
Then, advanced> print production> flattener preview> convert all text to outlines> apply> save. The idea is to add transparency to the PDF (with an invisible watermark) then use the flattener preview to force outlining.
Edit- These instructions are for Acrobat 8, for 7 use Tools> print production> transparency flattening.

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I think tman's suggestion should work, but I haven't tried it. However, what works for me is:

- Place the .pdf in InDesign

- Give it an opacity other than 100%, for example 99%

- Create a Flatten Transparency preset that forces all text to be outlined

- Export the document to an .eps file and choose the above created preset

- Open the .eps in Illustrator

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I was able to place the pdf in Illustrator CS3 and then go to Object/Flatten Transparency. In the pop-up window check turn fonts to outlines. I didn't need to change the transparency.

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