I just found out today about the fontspec package, which I find very useful for fonts that I have installed system-wide.

I'm a big fan of handwriting-like fonts and I happen to love Pecita. So much that I am using it for some articles that I write, for personal use. However, it doesn't come with Bold weight, so I created one for myself, using FontForge. All is going well, OS X recognises this weight now (that I included in the family Pecita), except for LaTeX... So I can use Pecita Bold in Pages, say, but not in LaTeX.

What am I doing wrong? The font appears to be good, it is listed in FontBook (the family Pecita now has Regular and Bold weights), but if I use \usepackage{fontspec} \setmainfont{Pecita}, it doesn't use bold when I call it with {\bf Some text that I want in bold}

Here's my entire document to see if there are any redundancies or conflicts:

\section{This should be bold}
\textbf{This also should be bold}
This is not bold.

If it matters, I am using OS X 10.10.1 with MacTeX and Texpad.

Please excuse me if there is something wrong with my post, but it's my first here.

Thank you for your attention.

  • Welcome to TeX.SX! Please make your code a complete example starting with \documentclass{...}, and ending with \end{document}. That may seem tedious to you, but it helps to make the question as clear as possible. As well, notice that \bf command is obsolete.
    – yo'
    Nov 23, 2014 at 14:59
  • Thank you very much, Thérèse. You're right in using changes in size or color, but I only wanted the artificial bold for names of theorems, for example. Your suggestion works, nonetheless. I consider my question answered. Thank you again! Nov 23, 2014 at 15:43
  • I have changed my comment to an answer just to keep things neat around here.
    – Thérèse
    Nov 23, 2014 at 16:23

1 Answer 1


When fontspec doesn’t find the bold or italic of a font, you sometimes have to help it along. If the font’s name is Pecita Bold, \setmainfont{Pecita}[BoldFont={* Bold}] should work (in older versions of fontspec, use \setmainfont[BoldFont={* Bold}]{Pecita}). Section 5.1 of the fontspec documentation gives more information about this.

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