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Converting Text to Outlines

When utilizing Adobe Illustrator the best way to/and when to convert fonts/text to outlines for print-ready vector artwork is important knowledge. Fonts could potentially cause issues when submitting artwork to print. If you’ve utilized a typeface that we don’t have, the file will print inaccurately. For this reason you’ll see that typefaces inside most vector company logos that contains word/text will have been changed to outlines, or paths. This means that the text is no longer font – it’s become a vector graphic, and the text/font can’t be changed.

It’s sound practice to maintain an editable backup of your file as an AI document before you decide to convert text/font to outlines and save the document as an Illustrator EPS document. This is to ensure that you are able to go back and modify it later.

To convert text/fonts to outlines, go Select/Select All. It doesn’t matter if other image components are selected. Select Type/Create Outlines from the menu. The text/font will end up outlined and can’t be modified as text/font. Now, basically, the line underneath the text has vanished. The text character types now have editable paths/outlines, all around them – they are no longer fonts, but vector graphics, and could be modified as such.

Convert fonts/text to Outlines

How to set up a Spot UV

When creating a Spot UV job, You must include a Spot UV template file along with the regular full color file. The Spot UV template file is used to show where the UV will be placed.

How to set up a Spot UV

Use 100% K to indicate where you would like the UV. White will indicate no UV.

What is bleed?

Having the appropriate bleed is the best way to minimize cutting issues. Bleed is simply the area of your printed image that goes beyond the finished trimmed edge of the page, i.e., it is the part that is cut and thrown away. The standard bleed is 1/8 of an inch or 0.125″ outside of the cut line (some jobs might require a larger bleed). Proper bleed ensures that your job does not have uneven white edges and saves you time by preventing the need for a reprint. It is equally as important to keep all text and anything you do not want cut within the “safety” area; at least .125″ inside the cut line.

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