Outlines and Rasterization are terms that you will hear from us when sending files to print if you’re using vector files like .AI, .EPS, .PDF, or .SVG. If we don’t have a font you used in your design and the vector file is not saved in outlines, then when we open the file the text won’t have the same look as it does on your screen. Saving something with “outlines” means you are locking the text so that it’s no longer a font but instead an accumulation of vector shapes that form your letters. This is important when sending graphics to print to make sure that you get exactly what you’re wanting in your final product. Saving a file in outlines makes your text no longer editable so we recommend that you keep an AI file as an editable master and then save another file as the locked final artwork which you’ll send to print to us.
In a raster file, you can rasterize the text too, which will turn it into pixels instead of a font. If you don’t know how to do these things in Illustrator or Photoshop follow the steps below.
In Illustrator, highlight your text, then select:
Type > Create Outlines
In Photoshop, highlight your text layer, then select:
Layer > Rasterize > Type