"An error occurred adding text and fonts to the book." Please Help!

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Jan 06, 2022 Jan 06, 2022

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Hello,

I've assembled a 140 page  book within LRC with text pages in between photo pages. When down loading to a PDF for publisher, I get following error "An error occurred while saving the book. An error occurred adding text and fonts to the book."

 

This was not an issue with my last computer.  I just transfered all my files to a new Windows 11 machine and reloaded all my images in LRC on this computer.  

 

Not sure if this has anything to do with it, but i see that many others have had this same issue and I've seen no resolution.  I need to get this book out ASAP and this error message has everything at a standstill.

 

Please help!

 

Thank you!

 

Mike

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Jan 06, 2022 Jan 06, 2022

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Book problems can be hard to diagnose, so I insert below some general notes I have accumulated from other forum threads in the past- Experiment with a COPY of your book and work your way through them and  until you find the problem. Good luck. My first thought is that you do not have a compatible (or same) font in Win-11.

 

First- Duplicate the Saved Book Collection in the collections panel- and experiment with the copy.

 

  1. Top Menu: Edit > Select all Text Cells (or Ctrl+Alt+A), then reset the font in the Text Panel using a commonly used font that Lightroom-Classic lists (not Times New Roman) and reasonable text size. Also change all the text to one font, then change it back to another. ie. two changes to the font (globally)- this may be helpful. Using multiple font types in the book- I suggest not doing that.

  1. For problem images, Open the problem page image, go back to Library, create a virtual copy, use the VC to replace the problem image. (See Notes below to 'find' a problem page)

 

  1. Check that any text boxes do not have text that exceeds the available size of the text box. ie. some of the text has disappeared from the text cell. Lightroom will not 'carry-over' text to the next cell like some publishing programs but simply does not show the words that exceed the cell size. (This will error).

 

  1. Check all Photo Cells for ‘padding’-  If on any page you increase the padding of a photo cell so that the main photo is shrunk to nothing to show just the faded background of the Photo Cell, you will have the error while saving it to pdf or uploading a book to Blurb.  Delete a Photo cell if you do not want to show a photo in a location on a page.

 

  1. Problems with using 'Background' images appear in forum threads- try unchecking any use of background images both on the cover and Globally within the book pages.

 

  1. Confirm that any photo you use in the book does actually exist and is available on the hard-drive. ie. not "Missing". (In Library- Right-click and "Show in Explorer/Finder" to confirm,)

 

  1. Top Menu: Edit > Book Preferences > place a check mark in-  "Constrain Captions to text safe areas"

 

  1. Error messages that indicate images have "transparency" can be ignored. Not a problem even if error messages suggest "Transparency". Transparent areas in images (eg. PNG files, merged panorama edges, images transformed without a constrained crop) will autofill with white.

 

  1. Always test your book design by an Export to PDF by 'sending' it to a local PDF file before an upload to Blurb. Understand that Blurb can only receive a book that can successfully be “saved as PDF” without generating an error message. If you are building a large or detailed book in Lightroom, it is a good idea to “test” the ability to save it as a local PDF a few times while you are building the book. That way you will discover a problem early, when the problem is easier to find and fix.

     

Notes-

 

Keep a record of the fonts you plan to use, and make sure you follow that plan as you build your book. Feel free to change your plan, but it is a good idea to test all new fonts.

 

Testing Fonts- Create a test book with a few sample pages with the fonts you plan to use, and make sure the test book can successfully be saved as a PDF without generating an error message. This verifies that the fonts you plan to use are compatible.

 

-If you get an error in your book, you can find the page that contains incompatible text font  by clicking on the progress bar on the upper left while you are saving to PDF. An information box appears, showing the pages saved from front to back. Waiting for this is tedious, but it will show you the page that is trying to be saved when the incompatible font is encountered.

Go to that page in your book (and perhaps the pages before and after, just to be sure) and look for the offending font. Here’s how to find it:

-Look at the page text and photo text (and text boxes on page templates that include text boxes).

-Select all the text in these areas to ensure that all the fonts are compatible, and that no incompatible fonts have found their way into your text.

 

Empty text boxes can generate this error message if they are formatted to use an incompatible font. Remove any page and photo text that is empty.

 

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 11.4.1 Photoshop 23.4.1, ACR 14.4.2, Lightroom 5.3, Lr-iOS 7.0.2, Bridge 12.0.2, Windows-10.

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Jan 19, 2022 Jan 19, 2022

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This problem was first reported in 2015, I reported it and several similar Book->PDF problems direct to Adobe several times in 2018 along with detailed one-page examples that gave rise to them.  And today I get 2 of them yet again.  Do Adobe even care about the Book module despite charging monthly fees to maintain their software?  And that ignores many of the quirky behaviour of the book module that you just learn to live with. 

 

I am usually very understanding of the difficultes of complex software, but really this is terrible customer service.  Pleas just FIX IT!!

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Jan 19, 2022 Jan 19, 2022

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I might advise repeating your post in the 'Bugs' or 'ideas' forum sections where Adobe staff may be more likely to read your post.

'Discussions' are mostly read and answered by other 'Community' readers just like you, and we cannot "Fix it".!

Do they care? About the Book Module? Maybe! It does get very occasional upgrades, but I suspect Adobe would prefer you to pay for In-Design for any 'serious' book creation. And for LrC we learn to live with it. 😞

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 11.4.1 Photoshop 23.4.1, ACR 14.4.2, Lightroom 5.3, Lr-iOS 7.0.2, Bridge 12.0.2, Windows-10.

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