I use MikTeX as my compiler for Windows. The problem is that it uses Type3 (raster) fonts even though I've stated:


in the preamble.

As far as I've understood, this will force the compiler to use vector fonts instead.

Have I misunderstood something? Can I reconfigure my installation to always use vector fonts?

  • You should install also the CM-super package.
    – egreg
    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:40
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    Related/duplicate: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/1291/…
    – egreg
    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:42
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    T1 is not a shortcut for type1, it doesn't describe the font format but the font encoding. T1 encoded fonts can be bitmaps, or type1, or ttf, or .... Feb 18, 2013 at 10:48
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  • Just for the record: (Adobe) Type 3 are outline fonts just like Type 1 but with expanded capabilities. Feb 18, 2013 at 11:57

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use \usepackage{lmodern} or install the cm-super fonts

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    Is that required? When I compile documents on OS X using MacTeX or on Linux using TeXLive the results are vector based using the exact same source code. When I use my university installation of MiKTeX it also works just fine.
    – Hugo
    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:48
  • Texlive installations are commonly (not always) complete installations with all packages. MikTex on the other hand installs only a minimum of packages and you can install some of them later. If your Uni has installed all MikTeX packges and if you used a full Texlive before, it is likely that the cm-super packages was used without you knowing
    – Martin H
    Feb 18, 2013 at 10:59

If you do not want to change the font (e.g. defined by a template).

Install cm-super as written earlier: (do not edit the tex-file)

MikTeX cm-super

source: https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/547309/110064

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