PDF file objects and font look different than in the .ai file
I am having an issue with Illustrator that no one from Adobe could fix so far after several tries and more than a few weeks. I have recently been working on a batch of packages (both in CC 2017 and CC 2018) and every time I save the .ai to PDF (any of the versions 6,5,4 etc.) some strange things happen (sometimes all of them, sometimes only one):
- the font seems bolder than it actually looks in the .ai file (even if it is converted to outlines or not) - img 11 - 13 (from 2 different files started from 0)
- if I have a table, some lines look thicker than the others even if it is one object, not groupped (img 8, 9)
- the strokes are thicker (img 14, 15)
I have attached some screenshots so that you can have a better understanding of what I mean. Everything that looks bolder is how it looks in the PDF file, the others are in the original.
I have tried removing the background, converting the image to jpeg, png, I made the strokes even thinner and the outcome is the exact same one.
Considering that not one person from Adobe was able to fix this issue I am assuming this has to be a bug because I have the exact same issue with newly created files too. I have been working with Illustrator CC 2017 the whole year and I only started having those issues at the beginning of November 2017.
Have a nice day and here's to hoping this gets fixed.
Yanjun Tan commented
I think I figure out why!!!
That might be because - you are logged out ot the Adobe Cloud Suite when you try to save the file.
I met the same issue, I checked every font setting in Illustrator and everything looks fine.
Also, in Illustrator, everything looks great! But when it exports as PDF, the font just change... No idea!!!
Then I realize... I was logged out of the Adobe Cloud when I try to save my .AI file into PDF.
Since I'm still able to continue using Illustrator with no question. The app didn't stop my current used software.
But... I am just not able to save the file as same as what I see it in Illustrator...
Hope this helps!
It is likely just a visual problem in the PDF viewer (whatever your using).
You can check this by exporting to PDF and zoom in/out and see the lines/text change in weird ways sometimes (bold/italic/thickness and sometimes in just some parts/words/letters).
Best test is to do a sample print and be sure. Which should be done either way before mass production.
I have the same problem. So you say it doesn't look thickened in print?
Daiana Petca commented
UPDATE: We printed some of the packages to see if the visuals carry through to the physical object and they did not. So could this be a bug inside the PC related to Illustrator?