How do I embed fonts in a PDF?

by on ‎03-23-2010 11:25 - edited on ‎06-26-2014 01:35 by Community Moderator Community Moderator (291,470 Views)

If uploading a PDF to Lulu for your book, you may use any fonts you like, but you must embed the fonts in the PDF. Keep in mind, that you may not have the printing rights for a font and that some fonts are only screen fonts and can't be used to print. With these kinds of fonts, you will not be able to embed them in your PDF or if they do embed, they won't print correctly.


Embedding fonts in Microsoft Word (2007 & 2010) on a PC:

  1. Go to File on the menu bar and click Save As.
  2. In the "Save as type:" dropdown box, select PDF
  3. Click the "Options..." button

  4. Select ISO 19005-1 Compliant (PDF/A) and then click the "OK" button

  5. Click the "Save" button to create your PDF


Embedding fonts in Adobe products:

The easiest way to ensure your PDF prints the way you want with the fonts you want is to use Lulu's Adobe Job Options on the bottom of this page.


The other option is to adjust the settings yourself by going into the PDF settings.

  1. Under the fonts tab select Embed all fonts and Subset embedded fonts when percent of characters used is less than: Set the percentage to 1%.

  2. Select the folder with the fonts you want to embed from the drop down box under Embedding

  3. Check the Never Embed Font box and remove any fonts in the box.


Embedding fonts in Apache OpenOffice:

  1. To embed all fonts in OpenOffice, click the box for PDF/A-1a in the export to PDF settings box.

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