Open a document even with missing fonts in Adobe Illustrator

Have you ever tried to open a PDF or an Adobe Illustrator file and found the fonts were missing? Or perhaps a client sent you a file to edit, and when you open it in Illustrator all the fonts are replaced or scrambled.

This is a workaround to maintain the appearance of the file when you do not have the original fonts.

1. Open a New Document in Illustrator

2. Go to File > Place and find/browse the saved file

3. After you have selected the file, check the “Link” box before placing the file in Illustrator

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4. Once the file is placed in Illustrator, click on the image, go to Object Menu > Flatten Transparency…

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5. In the Flatten Transparency dialog box, check the box “Convert All Text to Outlines” and Click on “OK”

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6. You can ungroup, divide, release clipping mask, etc. as needed to edit the file and/or extract the art as needed.

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