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I am a beginner in Latex. What I know is, how to type my papers. But recently I found out that I can change the fonts of Latex. Perhaps for you is nothing new but for me is really surprising. But there is a problem when I want to use these new fonts which I don't how to fix it. I would be most thankful to you if you could help me to figure out what to do.

I am writing these lines












and when I run it I get this:

Trying to make PK font pbsi8r at 720 DPI... Running miktex-makemf.exe... miktex-makemf: The pbsi8r source file could not be found. Running ttf2pk.exe... miktex-makepk: PK font pbsi8r could not be created. Process exited with error(s)

What does it means?

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The error is not caused by pxfonts, but pbsi, what is “BrushScriptX-Italic”, and this is missed. It seems to me, that you don’t have a full MiKTeX installation. Another cause could be, that you have forgotten to update the font format files in MiKteX Options. I changed the title. I must also say, that your example works for me (full MiKTeX installation). –  Speravir Oct 8 '12 at 2:53
I use MiKTeX package Manager to install missing .sty files. I am really a beginner, so I don't know exactly where is going wrong. But I tried \usepackage{calligra} and this work perfectly. –  M.B Oct 8 '12 at 3:09
Another idaea: Do you have an installation with an admin? Then you must (!) always update the format files in admin and in user mode, cf. also Difference between administrative and user mode of MiKTeX. –  Speravir Oct 8 '12 at 3:37
As it stands, this looks 'too localized' to me. –  Joseph Wright Oct 11 '12 at 16:21
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closed as too localized by Joseph Wright Oct 11 '12 at 16:21

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Some remarks, not really an answer, but too long for a comment.

Hmm, where to begin?

  • Though not very long (we’ve seen much longer ones), your example is not a minimal (not) working example, short MWE. Take a look at I've just been told I have to write a minimal example, what is that?. By creating one, you probably would have seen by yourself, that your issue is not related to the PX fonts.

  • The way you activate the brushscript font is very unusual *). This font is not thought as the main font of a document. According documentation (and source file) one have to use \bsifamily for longer text passages and \textbsi for shorter parts. For documentation on the Command Prompt do the following mthelp brushscr. It should open a html file with links to 3 files. The one to read is the AAA_readme.dvi. If that fails, you do not have installed this font. Otherwise a new run of the format file formatter should help. Perhaps you have to do this as admin and as user.

    *) It is not wrong (and especially the \renewcommand{\bfdefault}{xl} is good to avoid a warning message). There are a lot of fonts, that are to defined in this or even a more TeX-basic way, for this font it would be \fontencoding{T1}\fontfamily{pbsi}\fontseries{xl}\fontshape{n}\selectfont. For more information put a mthelp fntguide in the Command Prompt.

    For TeX Live users: mthelp is the original MiKTeX command. The equivalent in TeX Live is texdoc (what in MiKTeX is defined as alias for mthelp).

All together (a \usepackage{pxfonts}or another font package could be added anyway):

\usepackage{kantlipsum}% only for sample text

Some short sample text with a \textbsi{short part in BrushScriptX-Italic font},
but most of the sentence in default font face.




  • In <MiKTeX>\doc\fonts you can find a lot of documentation for fonts. But in <MiKTeX>\fonts are also fonts without documentation. A fine info source is The LaTeX Font Catalogue.

  • For latex in DVI and PDF mode one can only use bitmap and postscript fonts, for the newer truetype and opentype fonts you need the younger developments Xe(La)TeX, Lua(La)TeX and ConTeXt.

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