I have what it seems a very simple question, but I still cannot solve it, and I haven't been able to reproduce the problem outside Friggeri's CV template (sorry for that).

The whole thing is trying to have a default text color that still allows me to change the color of specific words/phrases.

I am using Friggeri's CV template with the same friggeri-cv.cls (I have only changed all the Helvetica fonts to Arial and added backend=biber to the \RequirePackage{biblatex} line).

This is a MWE, where you can see text doesn't change color, but the flag does. Isn't font awesome considered text?

%!TEX TS-program = xelatex



% In the aside, each new line forces a line break

    {some text here}
    {more here}
    {and more text

    and \textcolor{red}{text in color}

    and an icon \textcolor{red}{\faFlag}

    and even a \href{http://tex.stackexchange.com/}{link}


Now, I know there is this line in the .cls file


that controls default text color, but I still want the default text color to be like that, why doesn't \textcolor{red} override it?

I only get colored text when I comment that line...

This brings me to the problem of customizing links... I use the following line in the .cls file (but it doesn't work if I use it in the .tex file) to remove the box around links:


But can I make all links be blue and underlined, for example? The option urlcolor=blue in the above command doesn't seem to do anything...


I get the following with the MWE above:


A big big plus would be to get rid of the underfull hbox warning too, if possible!

Many thanks


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I have tried to reproduce the error without using Friggeri's template, but with no success, the following line does not have the desired effect: \colorlet{textcolor}{blue} But it has to be done that way, cause I don't want to touch Friggeri's template much... anybody has any idea?

This is the MWE

%!TEX TS-program = xelatex


and more text

and \textcolor{red}{text in color}

and an icon \textcolor{red}{\faFlag}

and even a \href{http://tex.stackexchange.com/}{link}

  • I obtain red coloured text...
    – Werner
    Commented Jun 4, 2014 at 19:21
  • really? in my case only the flag is red... what can be the problem?
    – DaniCee
    Commented Jun 4, 2014 at 19:26
  • I am on Ubuntu 14.04, using texlive 2013 and texmaker 4.1-1... any package or anything that I should check?
    – DaniCee
    Commented Jun 4, 2014 at 20:14
  • I compile it with LuaLaTeX and biber, in case it is relevant... does anybody have a clue? Thanks
    – DaniCee
    Commented Jun 4, 2014 at 22:45
  • Does anybody know why this happens and how to solve it? I'm really lost with this...
    – DaniCee
    Commented Jun 5, 2014 at 15:19

1 Answer 1


Font coloring

The class friggery-cv.cls sets the Color attribute to the font:

\setmainfont[Mapping=tex-text, Color=textcolor]{Helvetica Neue Light}

Then the color is part of the font and cannot be changed from the outside. This is shown by the following example. \textcolor{red} is working as the red \fbox shows, but the font remains blue:


  Hello \textcolor{red}{\fbox{World}}



  • A new font without the feature Color can be defined. Then \textcolor applies to the colorless font.

  • The following example changes the Color attribute of the current font:

      Hello {\addfontfeature{Color=red}World}


Link customization

Blue underlined links, see hyperref's README, section "Link border style".

  pdfborderstyle={/S/U/W 1},

  \section{Test section}
  A reference to \hyperref[sec:test]{this section}.

  This example can be found in
  \href{http://tex.stackexchange.com/a/183340/16967}{this answer}.

  URL of the question:


  • 1
    aaaaah ok, now I got it! I wasn't focusing on the relevant line of code... and that is why it doesn't affect font awesome!! would it be possible to leave that line as is and then write another line like \setchangesfont[Mapping=tex-text, Color=red]{Helvetica Neue Light} setchangesfont as opposed to setmainfont, and then call it somehow in the text to have all text changes in red?
    – DaniCee
    Commented Jun 5, 2014 at 16:42
  • 1
    @DaniCee: I have added an example, that locally changes the font attribute Color to red. Commented Jun 5, 2014 at 16:59

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