[OS X TeX] Re: Using Lucida fonts in Illustrator

Geoff Vallis gkv at Princeton.EDU
Mon Aug 9 09:51:24 EDT 2004

I don't know why this should not work for you. My installation of 
pdf2ps is that which came with fink, and I have done nothing else. In 
particular, ghostscript does not 'know' or need to know anything more 
about the fonts than what is in the original PDF file. I can only 
suggest that you try it on some other machine, or try pdf2ps some other 
document that just has the 13 standard PS fonts, like Times, to see if 
that is different.

Note that when such a file is opened in Illustrator the glyphs do not 
look very pretty on the screen, but when magnified and/or printed it is 
clear that they are outlines and not bitmaps.


On Aug 9, 2004, at 2:36 PM, Alan Curtis wrote:

> On Aug 9, 2004, at 3:22 AM, Geoff Vallis wrote:
>> One way to use Lucida (or any other non-standard) fonts in 
>> Illustrator is to convert them to Postscript outlines first.  Thus, 
>> if you convert a PDF file to a Postscript file with  pdf2ps (not 
>> pdftops), the fonts seem to be converted to outline graphics objects. 
>> The file can be converted back to PDF (using pstopdf say, or 
>> Distiller), or the Postscript file can opened as is in Illustrator, 
>> and the fonts appear okay. However, this is a bit of a kluge as you 
>> can't easily edit the text anymore, because Illustrator sees the 
>> glyphs as graphics and not text.
> I just get bitmaps of the characters when I try this. Is there some 
> option to pdf2ps I am missing? Some ghostscript font installation?
> Alan

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