For some complicated diagrams, I need to use something like Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape, and would like to include nicely typeset labels. (I'm aware of post-processing solutions, such as pinlabel.) One way to do this is to use a closely-matching font, and then convert fonts to outlines. Better, however, would be to use Computer Modern directly in Illustrator.

Where can I find a Computer Modern font compatible with Adobe Illustrator?

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You can download them here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/cm-unicode/

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    @DanielEgberg: Could you please elucidate how I would install the tar.xz file?
    – user31296
    Commented Sep 20, 2013 at 11:14
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    @LePressentiment Use 7-zip to unzip it, there are .ttf files inside Commented Feb 5, 2014 at 4:43
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    How do you install these fonts into Libreoffice? Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 12:21
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    I downloaded this (onto a Mac) and used the installer XY.pkg that it came with. Then opened Adobe Illustrator. Not present. Any suggestions?
    – Joel
    Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 6:45
  • This repository seems to be not official (info says TrueType converted by Andrey V. Panov from TeX fonts). Therefore I ran into scaling issues when importing .WMF's with encoded above TrueType fonts in Inkscape. Please download official TrueType Computer Modern fonts here ctan.org/tex-archive/fonts/cm/ps-type1/bakoma/ttf which do work legitimately (thanks @godbyk). Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 5:01

Also, Latin Modern is available in OpenType format from GUST.


They are available in TrueType and OpenType formats through the BaKoMa distribution.

  • @Unfortunately, the aforesaid links beget a page saying that "Service Temporarily Unavailable".
    – user31296
    Commented Sep 20, 2013 at 11:14
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    @LePressentiment, It looks like ctan.org is down at the moment. You can try the following links to a CTAN mirror: TrueType and OpenType.
    – godbyk
    Commented Sep 20, 2013 at 16:05
  • there are alot of font files there but which one should I use?
    – Kai ZHAO
    Commented Apr 21 at 3:02

What I do is to use LaTeXiT to generate labels as outlined fonts and drag them into the illustrator image. This works for both equations and text, and it's completely consistent with the TeX typesetting in your normal LaTeX file.


Also see these type 1 fonts by the AMS.

  • Could you please elucidate where to download?
    – user31296
    Commented Sep 20, 2013 at 11:15

On Debian-based systems (including Ubuntu, Mint and so on), OpenType versions of the Computer Modern fonts are available via the fonts-cmu packages. Typically you would be able to install this by running

[joeuser@myhost]$ sudo apt-get install fonts-cmu

in a shell session.


Here are some details to get Daniel Egeberg's answer to work on MacOSX:

Once you download the fonts from http://sourceforge.net/projects/cm-unicode/, unzip and place the individual files (not the folder) in Library/Fonts. Once you restart illustrator, the font will show as "CMU Serif", not as "Computer Modern".

More details: https://www.adobe.com/products/type/install-instructions.html#macOS

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    – Mensch
    Commented Sep 29, 2021 at 14:57


Here is a OTF version converted by FontForge

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