I can't seem to outline bullets and numbering along with text in Indesign cc 2018. Once I click "create outlines" bullets and numbering would disappear. Is it just me? Does anyone else experience this issue?
If anyone with admin rights is reading this, please do the right thing and mark either Jeff Witchel's or TrapTurkey's reply as the correct answer.
Dov Isaacs's reply is indeed a very useful sidenote but it is NOT the answer to the question asked in the first place.
It's annoying to have to read through so much condescending exhibitionism to get to an actual answer.
See, when I'm making a pie and come to buy sugar, I don't want to hear a lecture about how unhealthy it is, do I.
As it is, it is correct. Never outline text in InDesign.
There was only factual information in Dov Isaac's reply--I see nothing condescending in it (unless one is a Luddite print service provider...). He actually gave the best solution in the last paragraph.
Sometimes the best answer is not a direct answer to the question.
Ok, my bad, I only realized there actually was the Acrobat Pro advice in Dov Isaac's post after I posted mine (I wanted to edit my reply accordingly but I don't have edit rights).
I appreciate you marking Jeff Witchel's reply correct too. Thank you.
Thank you Dov and Jeff!
I had to outline the text since my file contains a system font (which is not available on Windows) that can't be packaged. The last time I sent my PDF file to the printshop they somehow managed to change all the font, so I decided to outline everything.
Anyhow, it'd be very helpful if Indesign could outline bullets and numbering as part of the paragraph within one click.
I don't want InDesign engineers wasting their time outlining bullets and numbering when there's a perfectly good way to do it in Acrobat. There are much more important real bugs to fix.
99% of InDesign users have no practical use for outlining.
If you sent a PDF file with all fonts embedded to a printer and the fonts got substituted, it is clear evidence that the printer is not to be trusted. It is possible that the printer is opening up your PDF files in Illustrator (which is not a PDF file editor) and resaving same which would indeed result in the symptoms you are seeing. If this is the case, find another printer; this one can't be trusted.
Unfortunately, "find another printer" is not always an option.
Where I work, all printing is handled through the Purchasing department; they choose the printers and we provide the files. Some of the printers they use require fonts to be outlined, so we are stuck with providing files with outlined fonts. For these printers, we use the Acrobat preflight option.
That is most unfortunate since quality generally suffers from such outlined mishegoss!
It also means you need to keep both the original PDF file around for screen display and the ruined one for your Neanderthal printers.
Maybe you might try educating “the Purchasing department” that reliable, 21st century print service providers don't have stupid requirements such as outlining text, converting everything to DeviceCMYK, etc.
We have had this discussion more than once - but they will always use the printers that give the best price, as long as the quality of the final printed pieces is acceptable. (Screen display is not so much of an issue, since most of what we do is packaging).
Not every printer they use requires this, but a few of the major ones do.
Indeed! It's quite common among small/start-up companies. The place I work for rely on print shops on Taobao and Alibaba to reduce cost, lots of time their staff aren't trained to handle files properly.
Back to the outline conversation, it's more of an UX issue rather than a bug. I understand that it makes sense from an engineer's perspective, however as a user I'm definitely not expecting a part of the paragraph to disappear - even a pop up window stating certain things can't be outlined would be nice. That's being said, I agree with Steve that engineers should focus on major problems, and this issue is by no means necessary to solve. I might even be the only person who think it is an issue.
I have a preflight droplet saved for this very reason. Signage companies often request outlined fonts for Computer Cut Vinyl items so we make PDFs with embedded fonts and if they request PDFs with outlined fonts we drop the PDFs on the Acrobat Preflight droplet and forward them.
You shouldn't need to outline fonts in indesign but like you I often get asked for them. I think older print companies run on the mantra 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' hence this issue. Often these are client preferred (cheaper) suppliers.
I'm trying to create a bulleted list of numbers, where the number will always be followed by a thin vertical line.
Can anyone advise how to do this?
I too encountered an issue with outlining bullets in InDesign. Similar to you, I am working with a vendor that may or may not have access to the typefaces that I am using. Though 2 years after this initial post, in InDesign 2020 version 15.1.1, a solution a co-worker helped me find was to highlight all of the text, go into the text tab > bullets and numbering > convert bullets into text. This should now allow the bullets to be outlined.
Thank you for your wonderful, short, concise response! You were kind and not demeaning like some of the other people on this thread! Your response helped me the MOST! I really appreciate it. I too have been in the printing biz since 1984 and also graphic design since 1998.....there are many printers that prefer outlines....hence why there is an option to do this. Thank you, TrapTurkey!
I'm just signing in to say I had the same question as you, found this thread, and was shocked by the condescention and arrogance of some of these responses! I hope not all graphic designers are seen in this light. Thank you Jill5E09 for asking too and TrapTurkey for your kind and helpful response.
Let people outline their fonts and bullets if they want to, for goodness sake!
This question comes up a lot, and I think some of the tone comes out of frustration when outlining drifts towards being seen as a best practice rather than a last resort, and Adobe should do something to make it easier. And it’s not just bullets, Underlines and Strikethroughs are also a problem.
I often see the boiler plate outline "requirement" coming from state-of-the-art online printers where the system is fully automated, and a missing font would not be caught. In those cases I’m happy to skip the outlining because it’s much easier to simply check the PDF and make sure the fonts have all been properly embedded before I send the job.
Now THIS is the reply I have been looking for! This SOLVED the problem for me. Thank you so much!
And yes as other people have stated in an ideal world this would not be needed but when you're contracted by a Government department to create artwork you have no control over who the printer, and trust me in regional areas most printers can't be trusted with live fonts!
This is not the best answer; Bullets and Numbering are not the only text features that get lost when you outline text inside InDesign. You will also lose underlines and text frame colors, to name a few.
The best answer for when you have no choice but to outline text -- use the tools in Acrobat PreFlight to do the outlining.
That way, you will be assured of not lossing any text attributes along the way.
It's under Print Production > Preflight
I don't have the convert fonts to outlines option in my Prepress, Color and Transparency options in my Acrobat / Preflight.
Is that something you had to download or should it be included in the standard install/update.
I'm a CC subscriber and my current Acrobat is: Adobe Acrobat Pro DC 2021.005.20048
oh wait no I found it, (I noticed your screenshot had to the 3rd(spanner) option selected.
Ok great, so this will handly paragraph rules, bullets, etc?
Yes - if you use this (Acrobat) method of outlining fonts, all of the font bits and pieces that would be lost if you outlined within InDesign will be preserved.
oh perfect thank you
How about that, a solution on the Adobe community, not just someone making people feel small because their workflow isn't the same as theirs!
I always dread searching for stuff here since it's invariably 45% condecension, 45% dogma, 10% solutions
Thanks TrapTurkey for solving my issue, too.