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Letters Skew Incorrectly and Fill Partially Disappears When Saving PSD as PDF

Jan 11, 2023 Jan 11, 2023

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I'm using two angled, colored texts on a poster, and everytime I save it as PDF, part of the lettering clears out, as if it was a negative space with a skewed colored layer underneath - this is due to the letters' alignment skewing.  Just cost me $19 for a misprint.  My interim solution was to save as a PNG, then convert that to a PDF (drastically canvas size).  Screenshots attached.  Settings below.

 

.PDF Output.pngPSD Output.png

 

Text 1

Font: Americane Condensed
Size: 300pt
Color: d63d27

Text 2

Font: Galvji Bold Oblique

Size: 98pt

Color: dab32d

 

Computer Summary

Computer:  Mac Mini M1

App version: Photoshop 24.1
OS: Ventura 13.1


Settings Summary

PDF Preset: [High Quality Print] (Modified)
Compatibility: Acrobat 9/10 (PDF 1.7+)
PDF/X Standard: None

General:

  • Preserve Photoshop Editing Capabilities: Off
  • Embed Page Thumbnails: Off
  • Optimize for Fast Web View: Off
  • View PDF after Saving: Off

Compression:

  • Downsample With: Bicubic Downsampling
  • Downsample to: 300
  • For Images Above: 450
  • Compression: JPEG
  • Image Quality: Maximum
  • Convert 16 Bit/Channel Image to 8 Bits/Channel: On

Output:

  • Color:
    • Color Conversion: No Conversion
    • Profile Inclusion Policy: Do Not Include Profile

Security:

  • Document Open Password: Off
  • Permissions Password: Off
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Jan 11, 2023 Jan 11, 2023

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Is this visible onscreen or only at print?

 

Working on a copy, convert the live text to a vector shape, is the issue still visible?

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Jan 12, 2023 Jan 12, 2023

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Hello, I also see that the text is not angled properly.

Same question: did you check the PDF before sending it to print?

To avoid font issues, some convert a copy of the text to outlines, that way, it stays in vector, but will not get font substitutions, etc.

Was the printer a postscript printer?

 

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Jan 12, 2023 Jan 12, 2023

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Thanks for the feedback, guys.  I copied / rasterized / merged the text layers and everything works now.  I've never had that issue with fonts, but I typically output to PNG or JPEG.

As far as the printing goes, the PDF I supplied to the printer was hosed, and I didn't check it since the PSD looked fine and I was in a hurry to get ten different things off to the printer (obviously my fault).

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Could you share the PSD and resulting PSD as well as Galvji Bold Oblique for us to troubleshoot? Looks like Americane Condensed is an Adobe font. Post a URL to the files using CC files or dropbox, or something similar to share it.


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