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MegDrew

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Text error in PDF generation
« on: February 22, 2019, 03:10:30 am »
Hello,

I'm currently designing a newsletter for work. In Scribus everything looks perfect but when I export into PDF so I can send the project to the printers, something strange happens; certain letters like 'L' or 'd' or 'b' are suddenly now bold, or semi-bold. I thought maybe it was a display error and ran a copy on our printer here, but the error is still there on the printed copy.

I've attached a copy of the PDF output so you can see what I'm talking about. I have tried modifying any export settings that I believe could be responsible for the error, but it continues to occur.

Any help you can give me is greatly appreciated, this is driving me mental.

Nermander

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Re: Text error in PDF generation
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2019, 09:41:04 pm »
The usual cause to problems like this is "bad hinting".

In some cases the hinting information may be lost when a text for example is converted to outlines.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Font_hinting

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Re: Text error in PDF generation
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2019, 10:24:42 pm »
This error still occurs when I do not convert to outlines.

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Re: Text error in PDF generation
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2019, 11:01:40 pm »
this was a recurrent issue with some fonts.

but i've not heard about it for  while...

can you try with a different font?

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Re: Text error in PDF generation
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2019, 04:20:35 pm »
Converting to outlines was an example of when this can occur, it can happen in other circumstances.

So what a.l.e says is a good suggestion: Try another font and see what happens. It may be a problem with the font you are using.