How can the medium and semibold weights of Adobe Minion Pro be accessed in pdfLaTeX with the MinionPro package? I am confused by the package documentation, which indicates initially that the fullfamily package option enables Medium and Semibold fonts, but then in section 8 suggests that these are only available through substitutions.

I am aware of the two answers to this question, the first of which is not a pdfLaTeX solution, and the second of which gives a 'Missing $ inserted' error for me. Unfortunately I am not familiar enough with macros to debug this error, or to work out whether MinionPro is actually providing the appropriate \DeclareFontShape as required.

A minimal (non-working) example follows, where the {m} font series is rendered as Minion Regular, and the {sb} font series is rendered as bold, rather than Medium and Semibold as desired.

\fontseries{m}\fontshape{n}\selectfont text 
\fontseries{sb}\fontshape{n}\selectfont text 
\fontseries{bx}\fontshape{n}\selectfont text
\fontseries{eb}\fontshape{n}\selectfont text

If the answer is that the MinionPro package does not fully support these weights, is there something I can put in the preamble to enable their use?

  • Do you have those weights? Note that the package supports a number of different possibilities depending on whether you have only the fonts which come bundled with Reader or have purchased commercial fonts from Adobe. If you have only the former, you only have regular and bold weights. At least, I only have those weights from acroread 9.
    – cfr
    Commented Apr 13, 2014 at 14:14
  • Yes I do have those weights -- I have the commercial set from Adobe. I've also installed the metrics for them that come with the MinionPro package. Commented Apr 13, 2014 at 14:17
  • You need to figure out which version of the fonts you have. For older versions, the CTAN package will work. Newer versions are supported by FontPro. See the comments at tex.stackexchange.com/questions/149590/… for some useful links. Start by using the CTAN instructions to get the version you have. Use that to determine if the CTAN package is the one you need. If your fonts are newer, you'll want FontPro instead.
    – cfr
    Commented Apr 13, 2014 at 14:23
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    With fullfamily (and medfamily), you get the semibold weight as standard bold in LaTeX. With \fontseries{eb} you can access the normal bold. The medium weight is used for smaller font sizes, which is done automatically. Currently, there is no way to directly access the medium weight.
    – sebschub
    Commented Apr 14, 2014 at 7:15
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    @cfr I'm relatively happy with the information I have already, but I might ask a new question at some point at least to put this information in an answer instead of a comment.
    – MJeffryes
    Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 13:06


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