When opening an adobe illustrator file, you may encounter some missing fonts in which case, illustrator will highlight the missing fonts in a pink color. This makes it easy to know which fonts are missing so that you can easily address the issue. By default, missing fonts will be replaced by the default Adobe font Myriad Pro. Some users have no issue with this font and they may decide to use it in the project. However, since the missing fonts are highlighted in pink, it becomes a distraction that you can't ignore.

In this article, you will see how to remove the pink highlights around the missing fonts in Adobe Illustrator. Let's get to it.

Removing the Pink Highlight from your text in Illustrator

1. Getting the required Fonts

This issue occurs mostly when you download an illustrator file online. This happens because the fonts that were used in the project are missing from your computer. After opening the file, illustrator will alert you of the missing fonts.

The alert shows you the missing fonts and gives you the option to find the missing fonts. So, to escape the pink highlights, you can find the missing fonts and you will be good to go. You can also download the fonts online by yourself and install them manually.

2. Disabling Highlighted Substituted fonts

This second method involves changing the preference settings. This is helpful when you don't mind the default Adobe font Myriad Pro. To disable the highlight, Follow the steps below.

  • Open the Edit menu on the top left corner.
  • Under the Edit menu, hover over the preferences to reveal more options then click on Type.
  • This will open all preference settings in a new window. Under Type, look for "Highlight Substituted Fonts" and uncheck the box next to it as shown in the image below.
  • Press OK When done and that will remove the highlights from your text.

3. Disabling Highlighted Substituted fonts

While disabling the pink highlight from your text may be beneficial, you may find it useful as you are constantly being reminded there is an issue with your fonts which pushes you to take action. To enable the highlighted texts again, Follow the steps above but this time round check the box beside "Highlight Substituted Fonts" and that will turn on the highlights on your text.


If you struggle with the pink highlights around your text when you open an Adobe Illustrator file, this article shows you how you can disable it. If this article has helped you, subscribe to Geekbits and share the article with others.

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