# I can't get my text to be italic on a poster

There is a few words that I want to make italic/ emphasized on a poster. I have tried \textit{State}, \it{State}, {\itshape State}, and \emph{State} and nothing works. I am using \usepackage{garamond} in my preamble. I don't know if that's what's affecting it or not. Please help.

Here's some of the file:

Thank you! Here's the file:

\documentclass[landscape,custom]{sciposter}
\usepackage[all,poly]{xy}
\usepackage{epsfig}
\usepackage{amsmath,amsfonts,graphpap,setspace}
\usepackage{amssymb,amsthm}
\usepackage{multicol}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{shapes,decorations,backgrounds}
\usetikzlibrary{plotmarks}

\theoremstyle{plain}
\newtheorem{thm}{Theorem}
\newtheorem{prop}[thm]{Proposition}
\newtheorem{lem}[thm]{Lemma}
\newtheorem{cor}[thm]{Corollary}
\newtheorem{problem}[thm]{Problem}
\newtheorem{alg}[thm]{Algorithm}
\newtheorem{conj}{Conjecture}
\theoremstyle{definition}
\newtheorem{defn}[thm]{Definition}
%\newtheorem*{remark}{Remark}
\newtheorem{exmp}[thm]{Example}
\definecolor{BoxCol}{rgb}{0,.44,.53}
\definecolor{SectionCol}{rgb}{1,1,1}

\usepackage{garamond}

\bibliographystyle{plain}

\title{Predicting the Future of Coral Reefs: A Simulation Approach}
\author{Chelsey Beese}
\institute{Department of Mathematics and Statistics}
\date{}
\leftlogo[1.5]{CCU}
\conference{{\bf Math 490}}

\setlength{\parindent}{2em}
\setlength{\parskip}{2ex}
\setlength{\topsep}{2ex}

\begin{document}

\maketitle

\begin{multicols}{3}

\section{Model Set Up and Initialization}

The spatial domain consists of a 2500 by 2500 grid of $1 \mbox{ cm}^2$
regular hexagonal cells covering a total area of $625 \mbox{ m}^2$.
Each cell is inhabited by a single organism, denoted by the
%HERE'S WHERE I WANT THE ITALICS%
\texit{cell state}, which can vary over time based on stochastic rules and
the inhabitants of neighboring cells. Cell states are updated on a yearly
basis. The cell size reflects the approximate size of a single coral polyp
rather than imposing an unnatural scale on the system \cite{Soong1993}.
Corals are colonial organisms composed of a group of individual fleshy
polyps that are connected by a layer of thin connective tissue and secrete
a common calcareous skeleton. Therefore, a single organism can span
multiple cells.

\end{multicols}

\end{document}


Sorry everyone, I'm really new to all of this!

• Welcome to TeX.SE! Please provide a MWE (mininum working example, starting with \begin{document} and ending with \end{document}) that shows what you've done so far and illustrates where things aren't going to your plans. Incidentally, if you add backticks around code snippets, they will be autoformatted as such. – Mico Dec 15 '13 at 19:08
• As far as I'm aware garamond has been superceded by garamondx, not sure if that's related. This is a case where the robotic response is right; it would be very useful to have a minimal working example. – dbmag9 Dec 15 '13 at 19:12
• Look at your .log file and search for warnings about automatic font substitutions (which happen when the requested shape/series is not availabie in the current family). This would provide a hint of the problem. – JLDiaz Dec 15 '13 at 20:05
• @Chelsey: You should probably use \textit, not \texit... – Werner Dec 15 '13 at 20:50
• @Chelsey Garamond package/fonts are not installed by default in my system. A google search reveals that there are several options for using Garamond, but I don't know which one are you using. You should provide the source of garamond.sty to give more clues. – JLDiaz Dec 16 '13 at 9:09

I managed to get your code to work by making the two following edits:

1. I couldn't find the garamond package, but I did manage to find and use the ebgaramond package instead.
2. As @Werner pointed out, you mean to use the command \textit and not the misspelling \texit.

Here is the complete code:

\documentclass[landscape,custom]{sciposter}
\usepackage[all,poly]{xy}
\usepackage{epsfig}
\usepackage{amsmath,amsfonts,graphpap,setspace}
\usepackage{amssymb,amsthm}
\usepackage{multicol}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{shapes,decorations,backgrounds}
\usetikzlibrary{plotmarks}

\theoremstyle{plain}
\newtheorem{thm}{Theorem}
\newtheorem{prop}[thm]{Proposition}
\newtheorem{lem}[thm]{Lemma}
\newtheorem{cor}[thm]{Corollary}
\newtheorem{problem}[thm]{Problem}
\newtheorem{alg}[thm]{Algorithm}
\newtheorem{conj}{Conjecture}
\theoremstyle{definition}
\newtheorem{defn}[thm]{Definition}
%\newtheorem*{remark}{Remark}
\newtheorem{exmp}[thm]{Example}
\definecolor{BoxCol}{rgb}{0,.44,.53}
\definecolor{SectionCol}{rgb}{1,1,1}

\usepackage{ebgaramond}

\bibliographystyle{plain}

\title{Predicting the Future of Coral Reefs: A Simulation Approach}
\author{Chelsey Beese}
\institute{Department of Mathematics and Statistics}
\date{}
%\leftlogo[1.5]{CCU}
\conference{{\bf Math 490}}

\setlength{\parindent}{2em}
\setlength{\parskip}{2ex}
\setlength{\topsep}{2ex}

\begin{document}

\maketitle

\begin{multicols}{3}

\section{Model Set Up and Initialization}

The spatial domain consists of a 2500 by 2500 grid of $1 \mbox{ cm}^2$
regular hexagonal cells covering a total area of $625 \mbox{ m}^2$.
Each cell is inhabited by a single organism, denoted by the
%HERE'S WHERE I WANT THE ITALICS%
\textit{cell state}, which can vary over time based on stochastic rules and
the inhabitants of neighboring cells. Cell states are updated on a yearly
basis. The cell size reflects the approximate size of a single coral polyp
rather than imposing an unnatural scale on the system \cite{Soong1993}.
Corals are colonial organisms composed of a group of individual fleshy
polyps that are connected by a layer of thin connective tissue and secrete
a common calcareous skeleton. Therefore, a single organism can span
multiple cells.

\end{multicols}

\end{document}


# Edited

In response to your comment, you are right, I didn't realize that the sciposter class uses the sans serif font family by default.

The following MWE is able to override the default font family to ebgaramond.

\documentclass{sciposter}

\renewcommand{\familydefault}{\rmdefault}
\usepackage{ebgaramond}

\begin{document}

This is a test.

\end{document}


Here is the correct edited code which I also trimmed down:

\documentclass[landscape,custom]{sciposter}

\renewcommand{\familydefault}{\rmdefault}
\usepackage{ebgaramond}

\bibliographystyle{plain}

\title{Predicting the Future of Coral Reefs: A Simulation Approach}
\author{Chelsey Beese}
\institute{Department of Mathematics and Statistics}
\date{}
%\leftlogo[1.5]{CCU}
\conference{{\bf Math 490}}

\setlength{\parindent}{2em}
\setlength{\parskip}{2ex}
\setlength{\topsep}{2ex}

\begin{document}

\maketitle

\begin{multicols}{3}

\section{Model Set Up and Initialization}

The spatial domain consists of a 2500 by 2500 grid of $1 \mbox{ cm}^2$
regular hexagonal cells covering a total area of $625 \mbox{ m}^2$.
Each cell is inhabited by a single organism, denoted by the
%HERE'S WHERE I WANT THE ITALICS%
\textit{cell state}, which can vary over time based on stochastic rules and
the inhabitants of neighboring cells. Cell states are updated on a yearly
basis. The cell size reflects the approximate size of a single coral polyp
rather than imposing an unnatural scale on the system \cite{Soong1993}.
Corals are colonial organisms composed of a group of individual fleshy
polyps that are connected by a layer of thin connective tissue and secrete
a common calcareous skeleton. Therefore, a single organism can span
multiple cells.

\end{multicols}

\end{document}

• Thank you! I tried using this code though, and the font that ended up on my poster was not garamond it was just the default. I'm probably doing something stupid, but I'm new to Tex. – Chelsey Dec 16 '13 at 17:56
• No, you didn't do anything stupid, you're correct that the font is the default rather than ebgaramond. It turns out that you have to use a trick to redefine the default font for the sciposter class. I used the technique illustrated in tex.stackexchange.com/questions/60116/… The corrected code should work now. Good luck with your LaTeX poster! – I Like to Code Dec 17 '13 at 1:39
• Chelsey, if indeed my answer resolves your question, could you please accept the answer? Basically you click on the check mark beside the answer to toggle it from hollow to green. See meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5234/… for more information about how accepting an answer works on stack exchange. – I Like to Code Dec 17 '13 at 15:44
• THANK YOU SOOO MUCH! Sorry it took me so long to accept it, Christmas put a halt on my work! – Chelsey Dec 26 '13 at 18:06
• I understand. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! :-) – I Like to Code Dec 26 '13 at 18:20