[Cross posted from latex-community.org]

When I use Garamond fonts, everything becomes immediately lighter, in particular the \begin{description} … \end{description} parts.

With Garamond:


\chapter{Introduction and Ideas}
\item[Item 1]
\item[Item 2]

\section{More Ideas}


Without Garamond:



\chapter{Introduction and Ideas}
\item[Item 1]
\item[Item 2]

\section{More Ideas}


How can I get around this? Thanks

  • 3
    (Warning: Pedantic Comment!) Strictly speaking, since Garamond is an early, classical font, it shouldn't be used with bold characters; just roman, italic, and (maybe) small caps. "Bold is modern stuff". May 5, 2013 at 10:07
  • How do you get it to compile at all? I just get compilation errors.
    – cfr
    Jul 4, 2018 at 23:16

5 Answers 5


Some suggestions:

  1. Use T1 font encoding \usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
  2. URW Garamond usually is not included in any TeX distribution. So, it usually requires manual download and installation. It's here urw-garamond for example.
  3. There is an alternative way to use URW Garamond, via the package mathdesign. It also provides math font, which math font isn't the best, but it's Garamond based. It's here mathdesign and is invoked this way \usepackage[urw-garamond]{mathdesign}

This answer is because there are problems with the other answers.

I am using TeXLive, and I have installed the non-free fonts with getnonfreefonts. In my document, I want to use Garamond for the serif and another (in my opinion nicely matching) typeface for the sans-serif. Using KOMA-Script (don't know if this is relevant).

If I use:


then the sans-serif text indeed loses at least bold and small caps.

The solution for me was to use EB Garamond, with:


Note that some of the styles are not shown on the page linked above, for example bold, but \textbf{text} works as expected for me.

More importantly, all text typeset in Sans-Serif still keeps all styles as intended!


garamond does not kill bold fonts. You need to separately install garamond bold fonts to generate bold face characters. Similarly for italics and other fonts. For example if you are using "Garamond Pro", \textbf will work only if you have "Garamond Pro Bold" font installed.

  • It does mess up with styles somehow. If you have a sans-serif in your document, then the styles on it (bold, small caps) will disappear when you load garamond.
    – XXX
    Oct 30, 2016 at 3:15

The free EB Garamond family is available on GitHub. Since it is OpenType, you can use it in all your applications, not merely TeX. Only a subset of it ships with TeX Live (as of July 2018).

I personally recommend that you use the modern fontspec toolchain unless you are forced to stick with the legacy encodings for the sake of backward compatibility.


  BoldFont = EBGaramond-Bold,
  ItalicFont = EBGaramond-Italic,
  BoldItalicFont = EBGaramond-BoldItalic]

There is even a Garamond Math font in OpenType, usable with unicode-math, although it is a work in progress.

A sample of the font family:

EB Garamond with Garamond Math


I used cormorantgaramond instead of EBgaramond and it seems to work just fine, since it produces bold as well as italic fonts

  • 4
    That leaves much to wonder in terms of how and why. Can you elaborate?
    – Werner
    Jul 4, 2018 at 23:01

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