When I save a document as a PDF from Word, the fonts change, in some cases, quite badly. You will see posts about embedding fonts to fix it etc, but what I found was, there is another reason.
Basically Word works like this:
- You want me to save the document as a PDF?
- Excellent choice sir!
- Let see, what is your default printer
- Hmm is is a generic text label printer
- Oh dear , not many fonts this printer supports , in fact you have only 1
- Well…… I will do my best sir as I do not want to disappoint you
- Lets See… Ok, right what i will do is translate all the 23 fonts you have in your document, to the 1 font the default printer can produce!
Ok that is an extreme example, but you get the idea – whatever default printer you have selected, the save as PDF function in word will use the fonts the default printer will support
In my case it was a label printer that was sent as the default printer and the driver was text/generic.
This severely limited font choice . Changing the default printer it to a PCL5 or postscript printer solved the problem.