I'm creating some packaging design, much the same as I have in illustrator before. In fact this is a rework of an older packaging file we've used before. I'm using a font called Double Porter 4. However, there is an odd artifact on the letters "U" "D" and "O". It only occurs when the font is larger than a 11pt. We've been using this font for years and this has never happened before. Here's what I've tried:
converting the font to outlined and using various tool to try to remove it. It isn't selectable,
deleteing the font from my system and re-installing... no luck
deleting illustrator preferences... also no luck
deleting and re-installing illustrator... still no luck
stepping back several versions... nope
exporting the file, using another vector editing app. (when I opened it in this app it was not showing the artifact so I exported it as an svg file, imported it back into illustrator and copied and pasted it into the file. however the artifact returned as soon as I saved)
I've looked at the same font on several different applications such as Word, Keynote, Pages and nothing shows up here so I'm assuming it's not a system issue.