Fonts transformation to curves
Thread poster: Ali Al awadi
Ali Al awadi  Identity Verified
Romania
Local time: 12:51
English to Arabic
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Nov 26, 2007

Dear all,
I hope you all are doing very well.
I was approached by a client to translate a job from English into Arabic. The client asked me to do as follows:

"Could you return us the translation in with the fonts transformed to curves (letter contours) so that we can process your translation in InDesign ?"

Could you help me understand how to do it?
Thank you very much for your consideration and time.

Ali Al-awadi


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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English to Afrikaans
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This makes no sense Nov 26, 2007

Ali Al awadi wrote:
"Could you return us the translation in with the fonts transformed to curves (letter contours) so that we can process your translation in InDesign ?"


I would have thought that fonts that are converted to curves would be totally useless in a DTP package, unless they're expecting to make no further changes to the text. Surely editable text is better...?

I'm not sure what programs can be used to convert fonts to curves, though. This is usually done in the DTP program itself.


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Riens Middelhof  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Spanish to Dutch
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Illustrator... Nov 26, 2007

It can be done in Adobe InDesign or Illustrator. Any version will do. You won´t be able to edit afterwards, so you will have to know which font type to use and how many characters wide the text is supposed to be (Put the text into a box and adapt the font size to the desired amount of characters/line).

- Paste the text in a box and adapt font type and size as required
- Select all the text with the selection tool (black arrow)
- Then you go to Type > Create Outlines
- Save in a vector format (InDesign, Illustrator)

I´m sure you can do this with Macromedia Freehand or Corel Draw too, but I can´t help you with those...

Good luck

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It makes some sense as the client might not have the Arabic fonts available...

[Editado a las 2007-11-26 16:57]


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Ali Al awadi  Identity Verified
Romania
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Indesign Nov 26, 2007

Samuel Murray wrote:
I'm not sure what programs can be used to convert fonts to curves, though. This is usually done in the DTP program itself.


Right you are, Samuel! Unfortunately, a DTP program must be used. Anyway, I tried using Indesign, and it works well, fortunately. Thank you very much for your prompt response, Samuel!


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Ali Al awadi  Identity Verified
Romania
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That's it! Nov 26, 2007

Riens Middelhof wrote:
It can be done in Adobe InDesign or Illustrator. Any version will do.


So grateful to you for the thorough solution, Riens. It is going fine with Indesign. Thanks a lot!

Kind regards
Ali Al-awadi


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ahmadwadan.com  Identity Verified
Kuwait
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The core idea Nov 29, 2007

Dear Ali,

I may input that the core idea of different wording you may find (curves, outline...etc) is to convert text to vector shapes using a special software such as Adobe Illustrator, Corel...etc.

Kind regards


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