Ive got a sign i created in inDesign that i wish to export as a PDF using file > PDF Presets > High Quality to send to print shop.

When im in Illustrator and export a document to be sent to a print shop i highlight the text object > right click > text to outlines so that there is no issue of the font opening up on the print shops end when they open the PDF.

Is there a similar function / feature inside of inDesign ? Ive search the help menu but couldn't find it. Is it another workflow perhaps ?

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    Generally you dont nee dto outline fornts if you send pdf files.
    – joojaa
    Oct 15, 2017 at 16:48

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InDesign can outline type by either highlighting text with the Text Tool or selecting the Text Frame and then, just like in Illustrator, choosing Type > Create Outlines from the menu.

Although, PDFs embed fonts and there is generally no need to outline type for PDF output.

  • thanks, if a font was un embeddable due to a restriction / other, would i get an alert in the PDF export dialog window ?
    – sam
    Oct 16, 2017 at 18:45
  • Chances are any Font which restricts embedding will also not allow the conversion to outlines.
    – Scott
    Oct 17, 2017 at 2:37

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