Learn how to outline fonts in adobe Illustrator Avoid having to find and send fonts to your printer with Illustrator files. For printers to use Illustrator files that contain type made with fonts they either need the actual font file or the fonts need to be outlined. First open the file that you need to outline the fonts in. First, select the type that needs to be outlined. Then goto the font menu, and select the "outline fonts" option. Then save your file.