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When I export to PDF from InDesign I keep getting this error message:

"This font could not be embedded due to licensing...The PDF will not be created if the glyphs cannot be represented."

Yet the PDF still get created and nothing looks different. Is this because I have the fonts installed on my machine? I don't wanna send this over to the client and they see it differently.

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It is because somewhere there is a font which is not licensed to embed in PDFs, just as the warning states.

The PDF will look fine if the font is installed on the system. Therefore it will look okay on your system. However, any system which does not contain the font may not render that particular font properly.

The only way to get around the embedding restriction is to purchase a license which does allow embedding, or to use a different font (which also will allow embedding).

In some cases you can convert type to outlines and remain within the non-embed license. In other cases, a license which restricts embedding the font may also restrict converting the font to outlines. In which case, you're out of luck.

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In addition to Scott's answer, you can circumvent this issue by converting all type in the offending font into outlines: Type > Create Outlines. This will markedly increase your .pdf file size if you're using the font a lot (for say, body text).

This way, you don't have to embed any of the info in the font file--all your letters are shapes after all. Be warned that you can't edit the text anymore after this conversion.

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    If allowed :) Some fonts which restrict embedding also restrict outlining. Depends upon the font license though :) – Scott Nov 5 '14 at 15:47
  • Also note that this makes the PDF rather useless for digital archival and distribution (as there is no longer text to parse by search engines or screen readers). It may be OK for print use, of course. – DA01 Nov 7 '14 at 17:12
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I've been struggling with this issue for some time, but at last I managed to find a solution and it works.

When publishing the file from e.g. Corel Draw to PDF select PDF Style settings. Then under the Objects Tab check "Export all text as curves". Done.

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  • The process in this case is made inside InDesign, not Corel Draw. – Rafael Aug 8 '18 at 18:36
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I know this is old, but I have been searching everywhere for a solution.

Problem: Barcode fonts would print to the printer, but would not embed in PDF. I tried reinstalling the fonts and the PDF creator, and upgrading Adobe Reader. The fonts were licensed. I just could not get them to embed in a PDF no matter what I (thought) I tried.

Solution (for me): Uninstall all the troublesome fonts first! Make the Windows User (this is important) who will be using the embed feature an administrator on the PC. Usually just log in as Domain admin, change the user account type to administrator and log off. Log back in and make sure the fonts are indeed deleted from the admin folder.

Reinstall all the troublesome fonts. Now try to create the PDF. Demote the user. Why this worked for me is the fonts were usable in many programs but since they were not installed as administrator, I could not get the licensing to function - which PDF's need in order to embed.

I hope this works for someone else.

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If possible, I would always "outline" the text. By doing that, you know your design will be printed correctly. If you don't, you may get a surprise back. Nice design messed up by a wrong type face. Horrible.

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Another solution, it's long but for sure everyone will see your design exactly as you designed it. Save each page as a jpg, the in photoshop convert each page to pdf. Then in acrobat, put them together. This is obviously for small jobs. I wish someone would explain how to get licenses for those fonts or if there is an easier way...

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    The problem is not "getting a license", but the license itself. Some font creators just don't want to see their font embedded, and their license reflect that. – usr2564301 Sep 12 '15 at 10:23
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Just disable "Create PDF Compatible File" tick when you save. enter image description here

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convert every page to jpeg and put this image in the indesign file then convert the file to pdf with my best wishes

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    Welcome to GD.SE. This doesn't really answer the question; check help center to understand how the site works. – Luciano Jun 28 '16 at 10:22
  • This is not a good idea. – Cai Jun 28 '16 at 11:52
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    Not only is not a good idea, but the same option Lara already posted one year ago. – Rafael Jun 28 '16 at 13:56

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