I'm wondering if I need to convert fonts to outline when exporting to a jpg? I assume not, but it's been a while since I've had anything printed. I want to have the best quality but still have it be easy to send online.

I've tried a PDF but it's too large with the photos I'm using in the file.

  • 1
    Have you tried methods to simply reduce your PDF's file size? – Ovaryraptor Mar 8 '18 at 17:45

Well JPG is not an optimal format.

PDF would be much preferred.

Anyway, when you export a JPG everything is rasterized. So, there's no specific direct need to create type outlines prior to exporting.

I don't know what online service you are using to print, but customarily PDFs for print are the size they need to be for quality reasons. Yes, they are typically larger than a JPG, but there's a valid reason why they are larger. Most print services would really prefer a quality PDF to reproduce than a jpg.

  • 1
    Actually, a JPEG could be exactly the same quality and size as a PDF, depending on the pixels/resolution of the JPEG and depending on what's in the PDF. ! Everything ! has to be rasterized at some point for output, even PDFs. A PDF can be resolution independent -- but only if it contains vectors and fonts. If a PDF contains only an image, it's really not very different from a JPEG file. In fact, the contents might be essentially a JPEG image. – user8356 Mar 8 '18 at 18:03
  • JPGs don't contain type hinting, ever. In addition, RIPS typically process vector data at MUCH higher PPIs like 2400 or 48000. So a JPG simply won't be the same quality as a PDF. That's not to say a JPG will be junk, just not anywhere near as good as a PDF. The two formats, coming from a vector data setup.... can not be equated. – Scott Mar 8 '18 at 19:30

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.