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DrLudwig3

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Font "sliced" after pdf export
« on: March 28, 2022, 04:00:55 pm »
Hello Scribus community,

when exporting my document to a pdf file one font I'm using gets "sliced", what I mean with that is that wherever the font crosses itself it's not black as it should be but transparent (see attached screenshots font_pdf_export.png for the broken font). The font I'm using is "Emmylou Signature Bold X Sl". When using print to pdf the font looks correct.

How can I fix the pdf export?
Is there a configuration I have wrong?

I'm working on Windows 10 with the version 1.4.8. Build ID: C-*T-*-C1.8.6-Windows without Ghostscript.

I'm pretty new to scribus and new to this forum, if I can provide any additional information let me know! Any help is appreciated!

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Re: Font "sliced" after pdf export
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2022, 05:31:59 pm »
I am no expert, but I think I have read somewhere that in a properly designed font the strokes should never cross.

But I may remember completely wrong.

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Re: Font "sliced" after pdf export
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2022, 12:34:22 am »
My guess: The font information for display does have a bug, because it prints correctly. Seems this font is rendered on the display as a simple vector graphic, where you get these cutouts.

Maybe you can get a similar and better font at fonts.google.com
« Last Edit: March 29, 2022, 12:40:45 am by toyotadesigner »
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Re: Font "sliced" after pdf export
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2022, 12:52:31 am »
Do you use the *.ttf (TrueType) version? It might be that the Open Type version renders bug free.
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Re: Font "sliced" after pdf export
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2022, 09:49:18 am »
Hey toyotadesigner,

thanks for your suggestions, I checked and I actually have a *.ttf as well as an *.otf version of the font. When opening both with the default windows font inspection the *.otf does show the issue I have but the *.ttf version doesn't. So I uninstalled the *.otf version and only kept the *.ttf version.
Unfortunately this didn't solve my issue yet, in the generated pdf the font still looks ugly. I'll try restarting my PC

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Re: Font "sliced" after pdf export
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2022, 10:35:17 am »
That's weird.

Just downloaded and installed the *.ttf font (don't have my font converter anymore).

First screenshot: Display in Scribus working mode
Second screenshot: Display in Scribus print preview mode (requires GhostScript)
Third file the exported PDF.

I am on macOS Catalina, so maybe the font rendering in Windows is different?


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Re: Font "sliced" after pdf export
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2022, 10:42:35 am »
Checked the font for errors, but the *.ttf appears to be clean.

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Re: Font "sliced" after pdf export
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2022, 01:32:34 pm »
Thanks for taking the time!

After restarting my PC I still encountered the same issue. I expermiented around with the pdf export settings and found out that the pdf looks correct for me when I fully embed the Emmylou font instead of having the font as outline (which was the default). I think this will work for me.

For you it worked out of the box? that's weird :/
On my PC your pdf file is correctly displayed as well. Maybe I will also try to uninstall and reinstall the font.

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Re: Font "sliced" after pdf export
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2022, 03:00:48 pm »
Font Outline = all fonts will be converted to »Vector Graphics« -> that's the problem with the incorrect rendering
Always use »Embed or Subset«
Subset only if you have a few pages with one title/headline and font. To be on the safe side, always completely embed all fonts.
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Re: Font "sliced" after pdf export
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2022, 12:34:58 pm »
I am on macOS Catalina as well and never experienced any problems with fonts. Maybe because I only have OpenType fonts?
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