How to fix your IEEE pdf and embed fonts in Latex

How to fix your IEEE pdf to embed fonts in Latex

I’m submitting a paper to IEEE.  One of the requirements is that they ask you to put your pdf paper into their online checking system:

They sent me an email telling me that my paper wasn’t suitable for publication – some errors.  These errors were because some fonts were not embedded – Helvetica and Symbol.

First thing:

Get the diagnostic tools from:

Use pdffonts <your-file.pdf> command to check if your pdf file has the embedded fonts.


Then follow instructions here:

  1. latex file.tex (this produces file.dvi)
  2. dvips file.dvi (this produces
  3. ps2pdf -dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress -dSubsetFonts=true -dEmbedAllFonts=true -dMaxSubsetPct=100 -dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 (this produces file.pdf)

Now run pdffonts file.pdf


Had a new problem – Acrobat version is less than 5.0″

>> change dCompatibilityLevel=1.3 to dCompatibilityLevel=1.4

Thanks to for the fix.