Placed .Ai files lose fonts in InDesign

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Feb 23, 2022 Feb 23, 2022

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When I place .Ai files via File, Place in InDesign, some fonts don't transfer from Illustrator to ID. The fonts are installed, but as soon as the document is placed into InDesign, they disappear. And they're very common/generic fonts that come with everything like Century Gothic, Garamond, and Bookman Old Style. They're fine in Illustrator, but not InDesign. The fonts immediately get replaced with Myriad Pro as soon as they're placed in InDesign. My only option right now is to export the .Ai files as .jpg files to avoid the issue.

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Feb 23, 2022 Feb 23, 2022

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Are you saving your Illustrator file as an .ai file?

If so are you also including a PDF from the save options?

Are there any options to embed the fonts when saving the file?

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Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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It is an .ai file, and it shows that I'm saving a .pdf version as well. Here's a screenshot of what my settings show. 🙂Screen Shot 2022-02-24 at 8.32.11 AM.png

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Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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You can change the type in AI to curves and that will eliminate any fonts from being missing. Be sure to dupe the text and turn off one layer. Because if you need to make a change on the type you will need to go back to the file. In ai >type> create outlines.

Lee- Graphic Designer, Print Specialist, Photographer

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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Are you placing, or copy-and-pasting?

The only time I have had this issue is when I am dealing with docuemnts in which the previous designer pasted the ai content into InDesign, rather than placing it.

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Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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I'm using File, Place 🙂

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Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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At the bottom it does say only fonts with correct permissions will be embedded.

Looks like you don't have the correct font permissions to use them. 

You'd need to acquire versions of the fonts that allow embedding.

 

If you save the file as a PDF - then open the PDF in acrobat and go to File>Properties - navigate to the Fonts tab - does it say the font is embedded?

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Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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Just open the AI file in Acrobat and check it and I suspect the unembed fonts error will show up.

Acrobat and AI are pretty smart about opening the proper portion of the file assuming it was saved with PDF compatibility, which it had to have been or it wouldn't have been placeable in InDesign.

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Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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Nope, no error popped up. And the font did appear like it should have. Sorry about this confusion, I just got a new computer at work that handles the new Adobe programs - I was previously using a 20+ year-old computer with Adobe CS2 on it, so this is kind of new territory for me. Here's a screenshot:

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Feb 24, 2022 Feb 24, 2022

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Press CMD + D in acrobat

Go tot he Fonts tab and what does it say 

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