Are you struggling with font problems during vector conversion for screen printing? Don’t worry; you’re not alone! Font problems can be a real headache, especially when you are converting raster fonts into vector for screen printing.

In this article, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about fonts for screen printing and how to resolve those pesky font problems during vector conversion process. Whether you’re an expert screen printer or just starting, we’ve got you covered.

Let’s take a look on each font related issue and learn about how to resolve them accordingly

Missing Fonts:

One of the most common issues in raster to vector conversion is missing fonts. When converting a raster image to a vector, the vector software needs to identify the font used in the raster image to convert it into a vector. If the software cannot recognize the font used in the raster image, it will replace it with a default font, resulting in a completely different look.

In addition, there are some online font searching website that can easily find your fonts of the artwork, such as: TheFont, whatthefont, Font Finder.

  • What Font: What font – it is the easiest way to identify the font on webpages or from any artwork. With the help of this extension, you can inspect multiple fonts by simply approaching them.
  • WhatTheFont: With WhatTheFont, you can easily find the font style that matches the ones in your photo. Using deep learning technology, it can search through our database of over 230,000 fonts even if there are multiple fonts or connected scripts in the image. Simply upload your image, select the font you want to identify, and view the results
  • Font Finder: Font Finder can identify all the characters and detect the font that is used in any particular artwork. Additionally, it can analyze any active font and any piece of the element along with its complete information into the clipboard.

Un-identified Fonts:

However in some cases, when client wants the same fonts then that font need to be vectorize manually with complete details to meet the need of the customer

Above image has some blurry or un-identified font, but as per the customer requirement, our proficient vector artist traced it as the same.

Handwriting or Script Fonts: Handwriting or script fonts can be challenging when you’re converting raster o vector fonts for screen printing. These fonts have a unique style that is difficult to replicate in vector graphics.

As a result, some of the details and nuances of the handwriting or script font may need to be recovered during the vector conversion process.

Font Substitution: Another font problem that may arise during the vector conversion process is font substitution.

The software may automatically substitute a font with a similar font when is missing or unavailable. This can result in the text appearing differently than the original, leading to inconsistencies in the design.

Textured Font: Textured fonts require extra effort and expertise due to unique textures like blurry outlines, dots, and multiple strokes.

Missing Font:

When you open a file in one of your desktop programs during vector conversion process, you get the notification "Missing Fonts" if the file requires fonts that aren't currently installed on your computer.

A default font will be used if you continue without fixing the missing fonts. However, we advise correcting the missing typefaces because this can occasionally significantly negatively impact the document's appearance.

Where to Find Missing Fonts

If you are finding a missing font in Adobe Photoshop, you can follow the steps below to locate and install the font:

To find a missing font in Adobe Photoshop during vector conversion, you can follow these steps:

  1. Check the Layers panel to see which font is missing. Photoshop will usually display a warning message if a font is missing.
  2. If you don't have the missing font installed on your computer, you will need to download and install it before you can use it in Photoshop. Search for the font online and follow the instructions for downloading and installing the font.
  3. Once the font is installed, restart Photoshop and open the document that contains the missing font.
  4. Select the text layer that contains the missing font. In the Layers panel, click on the layer name or the thumbnail to select the layer.


How to Find and Replace the Font during Raster to Vector Conversion?

To find and replace fonts in your document:

  1. Select Type > Find Font.
  2. Select a font name. The first font found is highlighted in the document window.
  3. Select a replacement font from the Replace font with drop-down list.
  4. Select Document to list only the fonts used in the document.
  5. Select System to list all fonts installed on your computer.
  6. To modify only the specified font, click modify. To change the chosen typeface throughout, click Change All.

A font name is removed from the list when all occurrences are removed from the document.

Some Final Words

Understanding common font problems during conversion can avoid errors, so that the final vector file can accurately represent the original raster image. It's also important to note that vectorizing artwork for printing or screen printing can be crucial, and understanding vector graphics and file types can help achieve the desired results.