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Strange skewing of type on a path when outlining text

Community Beginner ,
Nov 24, 2021 Nov 24, 2021

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Outlining type on a path and get this result (original type attached for reference:

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Any ideas what this is?

 

Type On a Path is set to Rainbow / Align: Baseline / Flip = Yes / To Path = Center. This setup has worked perfectly on dozens of other jobs for years.

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Adobe Community Professional , Nov 24, 2021 Nov 24, 2021
What was the version of InDesign where it worked? Could you install it again to finish this job? What's your current version of InDesign? What's your operating system? Would it help if you outline the fonts in a PDF with Acrobat Pro DC? When in Acrobat Pro switch to Print Production > Preflight and run the single fix "Convert fonts to outlines". Regards, Uwe Laubender ( ACP )

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Adobe Community Professional , Nov 24, 2021 Nov 24, 2021
Converting text to outlines in InDesign often creates more problems than it solves.  It is simply not a good practice, outside of small amounts done for design reasons (such as reshaping characters, or using the text as an image frame) If you have a need for the text be be outlines (for instance, if you have no choice about what printer to use, and the printer is demanding this), then the way to do it is to create the PDF from InDesign with the live text, and then use the preflight tools in Acro...

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What was the version of InDesign where it worked?

Could you install it again to finish this job?

 

What's your current version of InDesign?

What's your operating system?

 

Would it help if you outline the fonts in a PDF with Acrobat Pro DC?

When in Acrobat Pro switch to Print Production > Preflight and run the single fix "Convert fonts to outlines".

ConvertFontsToOutlines-SingleFix-AcrobatPro.png

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

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Thank you for the response. I have outlined type in every version of ID since CS4 and even in the current 2022 CC version. I will try the PDF Preflight solution. That would be helpful for other workflow issues, too! Thank you.

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Converting text to outlines in InDesign often creates more problems than it solves.  It is simply not a good practice, outside of small amounts done for design reasons (such as reshaping characters, or using the text as an image frame)

If you have a need for the text be be outlines (for instance, if you have no choice about what printer to use, and the printer is demanding this), then the way to do it is to create the PDF from InDesign with the live text, and then use the preflight tools in Acrobat to outline the text. It's under Print Production > Preflight

This will avoid all of the pitfalls associated with outlining large quantities of text directly in InDesign.

 

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Thank you for the info. Outlining type in Acrobat Pro worked flawlessly. I will update my workflow with this helpful hack going forward!

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Nov 24, 2021 Nov 24, 2021

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Hi hebegebestudio,

ok, you can solve this now in Acrobat.

Nevertheless I'd like to see into the issue more deeply.

Could you provide your sample InDesign document?

 

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Uwe Laubender

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Nov 25, 2021 Nov 25, 2021

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The complete file is under an active NDA and can't be shared publicly. Would just the text layer in question be helpful?

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Nov 26, 2021 Nov 26, 2021

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Just the text layer would be ok, if you still can see the issue with that text layer.

 

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Uwe Laubender

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