This is related to Herbert's comment in answer for Which one is recommended to get cropped PDF and EPS graphics?.

He said I can use dvips -h hv______.pfb input.dvi to embed font to the resulting PS file. But I don't know which font file corresponds to the font used by PSTricks grid labels.

I have a list of font files with names begin with h as follows, but I don't know which one I must use. :-)

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Question: What is the file name of Helvetica font used by PSTricks grid labels?

Note: I am using Windows 7 with TeX Live 2010 installed and my workflow is latex->dvips->ps2pdf. You may need this info.

2 Answers 2


The Helvetica font is just one of the 35 predefined fonts. You can probably get through by saying


in your file and then run dvips with the option

-h uhvr8a.pfb

that will load the URW clone of Helvetica which is provided in TeX Live.


\psset{gridfont=helvetica} should work without the additional header using for dvips. I have these fonts in my example pdf:

voss@shania:~/Documents> pdffonts latex6.pdf
name                                 type              emb sub uni object ID
------------------------------------ ----------------- --- --- --- ---------
SVYBYQ+helvetica                     Type 1C           yes yes no       8  0
AQAEUC+CMR10                         Type 1C           yes yes no      11  0
  • That's kind of magic, isn't it?
    – egreg
    Jul 7, 2011 at 13:27
  • In my machine, it does not work. Jul 7, 2011 at 13:45
  • then it is a "problem" :-) with my configuration. However, the URW fonts should be embedded by default with a standard TeXLive installation
    – user2478
    Jul 7, 2011 at 14:04
  • The combination of \psset[pstricks]{gridfont=...} and ps2pdf -dPDFSETTINGS#/prepress %1.ps is the best solution to embed font to the PDF. No need to explicity use header switch as in dvips -h hv______.pfb input.dvi. Jul 7, 2011 at 14:40

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