Inconsistent Fonts

If your PDF document has embedded fonts, any viewer on any device should render them as expected. A PDF viewer will replace a font if the document doesn’t have it embedded and if it’s not available on the device.

Here’s how determine if your PDF document has embedded fonts:

  • Open the PDF document in Acrobat Pro or Acrobat Reader (free and available on all platforms).

  • Go to the File menu and select Properties, or use the Command + D keyboard shortcut.

Acrobat Properties
  • Click on the Fonts tab.
Acrobat Properties - Fonts

You may see the words Embedded Subset (like in the example above) or just the word Embedded. If a subset of a font is embedded, this means only the characters used in that particular document are embedded.

Most PDF-authoring apps like Acrobat Pro support embedding fonts in a PDF document. Make sure you embed the fonts so that your document looks as expected across devices and readers.

If you’re using PSPDFKit Server and embedding fonts in every PDF isn’t possible, please see our Custom Fonts guide.