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When I use label features with halos in ArcMap, whether using the standard or Maplex labeling engine, the halos in the exported map (PDF) are always shifted vertically, so that instead of the halo being evenly spaced around the text it is flush with the bottom and excessive on the top.

I know others have had this issue: Export Map to PDF Halo Labels shifts Halo to latter width at the end of Label Problem, but the proposed fix doesn't work, because the option to change vertical text alignment is grayed out. Has anyone else found a way to add halos to maps?

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Hmm.. I imagine this would be quite frustrating! Are you rotating your data frame at all, or using data driven pages? –  GISKid Jun 27 '13 at 19:39
    
I just ran a test and the halos I added looked good both on the map an in the exported PDF file so there must be a difference between your procedure and mine. If you would like to edit your question and list out the steps in your procedure (starting from when you fire up ArcMap 10.1) then we should be able to hone in on what causes the issue to appear for you (and some others). –  PolyGeo Jun 27 '13 at 23:27
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Got it! Depends on the font you use. I had switched to Gill Sans, which for some reason resulted in halo offsets. Switched back to Arial, now no problem. Also - no data frame rotation or data driven pages. –  Nat Jun 28 '13 at 20:05
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As determined through Comments, this seems to have been the result of you using Gill Sans font.

To see that this is not an every font problem I ran a test using Arial, and the halos I added looked good both on the map and in the exported PDF file.

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