I am using the Garamond font, included by the fontspec package:


In my opinion, the first capital letter in italics looks strange. It does not fit to the rest of the word.

Example 1:

Letter V looking strange

Example 2:

Letter I looking strange

I guess it's actually a characteristic of the font, not a problem of TeX.

Did anyone have the same problem? And how did you solve it?

  • Is it a necessity, that it is Garamond? May 15 at 10:03
  • No, it could be a similar font.
    – JavAlex
    May 15 at 10:04
  • 5
    I have no idea what's wrong with your font, but those italics look cursed. And I'm not just talking about the capitals either. For example, the m is noticeably more slanted than the n and the r and the a, the top of the a seems to fall just a little short of the mean line, and the kerning looks kind of wobbly too. All the letter shapes look good on their own, but it's like nobody's paid any attention to how they fit together. (Actually, maybe that is the case — maybe those italics are designed for use in math mode only?) May 15 at 20:06
  • 3
    Related question on Graphic Design: Why is Garamond italic all wonky?
    – Wrzlprmft
    May 16 at 5:31
  • @Ilmari Karonen: Yes, that's true. I really wondered because Garamond actually is a standard font for typesetting books, but it looks so wobbly.
    – JavAlex
    May 16 at 8:38

1 Answer 1


EB Garamond

I always like to support Open Source/Open License, so consider using OFL Licensed EB Garamond.

EB Garamond sample

\setmainfont[Numbers=Lining]{EB Garamond}

\noindent\textit{Variante 1a:}\\
Idealerweise sollte


\noindent wir im \textit{Il Cormorano}


It's also available as Type 1 on CTAN if you want to use pdflatex instead of xelatex. See its listing in the LaTeX font catalogue.

You can of course take out "Numbers=Lining" if you'd rather have oldstyle numerals.

Other free options include Cormorant Garamond, GaramondX, URW Garamond and Garamond Libre.




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