How change OUTLINES back to original font?

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Aug 20, 2010 Aug 20, 2010

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I had to change text to OUTLINES as the end-user of the file didn't have the font i used.  But, I didn't save the file with the actual font before converting to outlines...yikes!  Now, I want to edit the text, but can't figure out how to change the OUTLINES back to the font.  I did find font, found the font in my SYSTEM, but can't figure out how to make it go back to that font.

i selected the text/outlines, and then did FIND FONT...don't know how to work it!

The Echelon font was changed to OUTLINES.  Now I want to change the OUTLINES back to Echelon so that I can edit the text.  Help!

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Community Beginner , Dec 02, 2018 Dec 02, 2018
Hello,I just want to bring some update to this topic. You can recreate your text back as editable object directly within Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop using recently published extension that may perform text detection for your currently opened document regardless if it exists as part of bitmap or vector outline. It will not restore original font-face only textual content using actively selected font but this is still better than nothing.Let me introduce Krasbit Recognition. That extension inclu...

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LEGEND ,
Aug 20, 2010 Aug 20, 2010

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Can't be done. You should have saved a copy with live text.

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New Here ,
Mar 16, 2021 Mar 16, 2021

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I need all my texts back

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 20, 2010 Aug 20, 2010

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Do you have the original font? If so try opening the AI file in Acrobat and using the OCR function to get the outlined type back to text. Then cut and paste into the AI file and format.

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LEGEND ,
Aug 21, 2010 Aug 21, 2010

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Larry: Never heard of this trick. Sounds useful but I can't get the OCR function in Acrobat to work.

I get the message:

Acrobat could not perform recognition (OCR) on this page because:

The resolution of this page is below the minimum of 72 dpi.

The text I was testing was 12 pt (outlined) and the Acrobat file was 300 dpi.

What is Acrobat asking for?

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Aug 21, 2010 Aug 21, 2010

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I don't think that function will work on outlined text. Only on bitmaps

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LEGEND ,
Aug 21, 2010 Aug 21, 2010

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Monika Gause wrote:

I don't think that function will work on outlined text. Only on bitmaps

Right you are.

So export the font as say a tiff and then perform the OCR and then open the result inAI and copy and paste.

Now you have to remember to turn the visibility of everything but the text off when exporting to a tiff or other raster format.

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Apr 05, 2012 Apr 05, 2012

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I believe OCR will work on outlined type if the PDF is flattened. Here is how I do it (in Acrobat 9):

1. Document> Watermark> Add (add a text watermark, hit the space bar once, opacity <100%).

2. Advanced> Print Production> Flattener Preview> Convert all text to outlines (checkbox on). Save.

3. Document> OCR text recognition> recognize text using OCR. Select all text with the type tool, copy, paste into new document.

I do agree with Steve, save an original copy, or save your text on a hidden layer.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 05, 2012 Apr 05, 2012

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I've done the same thing.  Luckily it was only one white page with black text in a common font.  Here's how I did it:

Print  outline file to a print-quality PDF (300dpi)

Use Acrobat's (I have Acrobat X Pro) text recognition function:  Tools, Recognize Text, In this file

Export to Word and Save as Word Document

Correct as needed in Word

Place back in InDesign

You can also scan your outlined file in Photoshop at 300dpi, print to PDF, run text recogition...etc.

If your original font was an obscure font or obstructed by graphics/background, OCR may have some problems.

Give it a try!

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Hello,

I just want to bring some update to this topic. You can recreate your text back as editable object directly within Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop using recently published extension that may perform text detection for your currently opened document regardless if it exists as part of bitmap or vector outline. It will not restore original font-face only textual content using actively selected font but this is still better than nothing.

Let me introduce Krasbit Recognition. That extension includes also more features and is available at Adobe Exchange for free! Using the service also is free when you configure Google's API connection Key on your own. Otherwise you can use alternative API using trial or cheap prepaid codes.

https://www.adobeexchange.com/creativecloud.details.101113.html

See how it works at YouTube, starting 1':50"

https://youtu.be/DFDAiCFFWYg

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 17, 2021 Mar 17, 2021

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"I need my text to back"

 

It doesn't help if you post that 3 times.

It's like converting omelette back to an egg.

 

There is a plugin available that can perhaps help (if you have the font installed): VectorFirstAid

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