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Preserve fonts and their crispness when sharing Photoshop files

Added on Saturday 27th of January 2007 12:57 am EST


Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


I’m a graphic designer and I prepare a lot of files for print, plus I share files with other designers in my agency. We don’t all have the same fonts on our machines, so for Illustrator files, I usually convert my fonts to outlines to preserve the crisp vector edge. Is there a way to do this in Photoshop? I don’t like to rasterize my text because the edge quality just isn’t the same.


Yes, there is a way and it’s quite simple! Instead of rasterizing your text, you can convert it to a vector shape. To do this, [control]-click ([Right]-click in Windows) on the font layer that you wish to convert. In the resulting pop-up menu shown in Figure A, select Convert to Shape. Photoshop then converts your text to a vector shape as shown in Figure B.


If you want the option to still edit the text, duplicate your text layer before you do this. Then turn the text layer’s visibility off so the text layer is still there, but inactive. Another user would still get a font warning upon openin...


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