I have a font which comes in many different styles. Ive got

  • Light
  • Medium
  • Regular
  • Bold
  • Thin
  • ....

Now i would like to choose the "Light" version as main font for my document. I have done that with

\setmainfont{Gothic A1 Light}

But after that, i am not any longer be able to use bolf fonts with \textbf{} I could rename the Light font on file level to regular. But i think there must be an other way to achieve this.

Hope someone can help :)


2 Answers 2


If you’re using a light font as your main font, you should use its medium or possibly its demibold weight as the bold. I don’t know the Gothic A1 font you mention, but here’s an example with Alegreya Sans:

\setsansfont{Alegreya Sans Light}[
  ItalicFont={* Italic},
  BoldFont={Alegreya Sans Medium},
  BoldItalicFont={Alegreya Sans Medium Italic}]
  I’m light and \textit{italic,} but \textbf{I can be bold.}

  \bfseries I’m bold and upright, and \textit{also italic.}



You can also use:

\setmainfont{Gothic A1}[
  UprightFont = * Light ,
  BoldFont = * Medium ]

And so on for Italic, Bold Italic, etc.

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