I have a doubt about the font "MathTime Professional II Lite". I've installed it, however the math seems to be bold. I'm not sure why this is happening, but I'm trying to find a way to make it lighter. Anyone knows how to deal with this issue?

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    Could you post an MWE (minimum working example) that would allow us to see what you have in mind? The claim "the math seems to be bold" is difficult to evaluate without something to work with/look at. Do you have an alternative font with Times Roman glyph shapes that you prefer?
    – Mico
    Commented Apr 6, 2013 at 5:07
  • Hi @Mico, sorry for that, I'll put an example right now. For an example there's the font used in "A Comprehensive Introduction to Differential Geometry" from Spivak. Should I post a image of that font too ? Thanks very much Commented Apr 6, 2013 at 14:49
  • Note that the "Lite" in the name refers to lack of full features, compared to the professional version, not the font weight. mafp's answer below gives a good illustration of what fits together well. Commented May 5, 2013 at 9:17

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MathTime Pro was developed as a companion for Times(-like) fonts. So it look indeed too bold when used with the standard Latin Modern font (first column). It fits much better with LinuxLibertine (second column), or newtx (third column).

font comparison


By any chance is there a figure nearby? If so, the problem could be related to the alpha channel of the picture.

Now, if this is the case, there are two main solutions to remove the alpha channel:

  1. Using GIMP, as described in text gets slightly bold when adding graphics.

  2. Using ImageMagik, as described in Why are some pages in my PDF coming out bold?.


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