I am using the package ebgaramond-maths (see http://ctan.org/pkg/ebgaramond-maths).

Using this package, the boldface command \textbf does not actually put sentences in boldface. However, there are some words in the document I'm working on that really have to be put in boldface. It is perhaps useful to note that these words do not appear in math mode.

In the preamble I put (among other - irrelevant - things) the following:


Then, my question is:

How can I solve this? How do I put words in boldface using the package ebgaramond-maths?

  • Welcome to TeX.SX! Did you read the package documentation? ebgaramond by design does not include a bold weight, so if you absolutely need bold, it's probably not the best choice... Mar 27 '15 at 13:30
  • perhaps it's impossible. the documentation for ebgaramond (in the readme file) says that these shapes are available: italic, small caps, italic small caps. there's no mention of any bold. Mar 27 '15 at 13:32
  • It could be that it's not possible. However, I just need boldface a few times. So it would be a pity not to use ebgaramond just for these few instances... Thus, if it would be possible in some way, I'd be glad to hear it!
    – Mehdi Z.
    Mar 27 '15 at 13:37
  • I think it is intentional: at the time of Claude Garamond, no bold characters were carved, and this font has been designed to be the faithful replication of an historical specimen. You might try to use the bold version of garamondx but there perhaps would be some scaling to do, and it is not sure both fonts match perfectly. You would certainly also have to modify some .fd files, as medium weight is automatically substituted for boldface by the package.
    – Bernard
    Mar 27 '15 at 13:43

Fake the boldface with the Garamond font provided by mathdesign; but, please, think twice before using boldface with Garamond.

%\pdfmapfile{+EBGaramond-Maths.map} % not necessary on my system



This text is in EB Garamond,
with \textbf{fake boldface}.

\textbf{This text is not in EB Garamond}

Some math $a+b=\textbf{T}$


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  • Thanks! However, the line "\DeclareTextFontCommand{\textbf}{\fakebf}" gives the following error: "!pdfTeX error: /usr/texbin/pdflatex (file ugmm8a.pfb): cannot open Type 1 font file for reading ==> Fatal error occurred, no output PDF file produced!" Do you know what might be the problem? Sorry, I am quite ignorant in these things.
    – Mehdi Z.
    Mar 27 '15 at 16:28
  • @MehdiZ. It means you have an incomplete TeX distribution
    – egreg
    Mar 27 '15 at 17:08
  • Ok. Thanks. How do I make it into a complete TeX distribution?
    – Mehdi Z.
    Mar 27 '15 at 19:58
  • FYI: I downloaded the MacTeX-2014 Distribution (see tug.org/mactex). Still it doesn't work then. So how do I "complete" my TeX distribution?
    – Mehdi Z.
    Mar 27 '15 at 22:37
  • Look for pdftex.map in the log file; what is the path of the file? It should be /usr/local/texlive/2014/texmf-var/fonts/map/pdftex/updmap/pdftex.map
    – egreg
    Mar 27 '15 at 22:39

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