There are numerous old posts whose topic relates to using the font Gill Sans in LaTeX documents. The most notable are perhaps this post from 2007 and this one from 2010. The former gives a solution for XeLaTeX, which I don't particularly feel inclined to convert to, and the latter gives a solution which involves using otfinst to package OpenType fonts from the Arkandis Digital Foundry (ADF), a more attractive solution.

However, I note that -- in Britain, at least -- the font was released into the public domain in 2011. I was wondering, therefore, if a package now existed for it so I could use it in standard LaTeX documents. If not, what is the best way for me to go about creating such a package, so that both myself and others can use it?.

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    It's only the design of Gill Sans that is now public domain; the actual font files produced by Monotype (and other type foundries) are still their intellectual property. If you want to provide pdfLaTeX support for Gill Sans, I suggest you look at the documentation for the New Font Selection Scheme as well as the style file for the Latin Modern fonts, since they are also in OpenType format.
    – ChrisS
    Jul 28 '13 at 11:29
  • See ctan.org/pkg/gillius for a clone of Gill Sans
    – user94293
    Aug 30 '19 at 7:16

There is something like a package which makes it possible to use a similar font with latex/pdflatex. See here:


This uses the Font Humanist521 wich is similar to Gill Sans. You can find Humanist521 on old CorelDraw CDs.

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    Just be careful about font licensing. As far as I understand corel.com/corel/pages/index.jsp?pgid=800340, you would need to add "Copyright (c) 201__ [Your name], Corel Corporation and its licensors. All rights reserved." to you work to comply with the license if you use Humanist521 or any other font from the Corel CD...
    – Xavier
    Jul 28 '13 at 22:31

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