# [OS X TeX] More Minion Pro questions

Tue Apr 24 18:44:29 EDT 2012

On Apr 24, 2012, at 12:12 AM, Michael Sharpe wrote:

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> On Apr 23, 2012, at 9:43 PM, Richard Seguin wrote:
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>> The MinionPro package manual indicates that it can load Minion Pro semibold fonts in addition to the regular and bold weights (using, for example, the medfamily option). The manual doesn't clearly indicate (at least to me) how you can access those semibold fonts, for example, by some equivalent of \bfseries. It would be nice to be able to use semibold in addition to bold fonts, or at minimum use semibold rather than bold. I would like to know if and how that could be done before purchasing the extra fonts.
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> Using semibold whenever bold is called for is just a matter of writing
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> \renewcommand*{\bfdefault}{sb}
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> in your preamble. (This does not always work. For example, Linux Libertine uses z rather than sb as the indicator for semibold.) In other cases, where you prefer to keep bold weight for \bfdefault, you can use a macro  like
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> \def\semib#1{{\series{sb}\selectfont #1}}
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> There are a number of other examples you may find of interest in the documentation to TeXFontUtility.
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> Michael

Both \renewcommand*{\bfdefault}{sb} and the macro \def\semib#1{{\series{sb}\selectfont #1}} work nicely!

Your documentation to TeXFontUtility is a wealth of information! The utility itself is extremely useful.

Richard