Suppose we want to draw the following plot:

DensityPlot[ Sin[ x y], {x, -5, 5}, {y, -5, 5}, MaxRecursion -> 8,
PlotRange -> All, 
ColorFunction -> (Hue[Rescale[#, {0, 1}, {.7, 0}]] &), 
FrameLabel -> {Style["\!\(\*SubscriptBox[\(x\), \(g\)]\)", 
FontSlant -> Italic, FontSize -> 24], 
Style["\!\(\*SubscriptBox[\(p\), \(g\)]\)", FontSlant -> Italic, 
FontSize -> 24]}, 
LabelStyle -> {Bold, Black, FontSize -> 16, FontFamily -> Times}, 
Frame ->  True, FrameStyle -> Directive[Black, 18], 
BaseStyle -> {FontSize -> 16, FontFamily -> Times},
PlotLegends -> Automatic, PlotTheme -> "Scientific"

As you see in the following figure, the labels of the plot are italic, but not the kind we need in scientific papers.

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What I need is this:

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Is there any way to get this kind of "italic" font? I know that MaTex may work, but I'm looking for an easier way. I tried installing MaTex, but never succeeded.

  • $\begingroup$ Are you looking for a font recommendation? $\endgroup$
    – george2079
    Apr 2, 2018 at 17:41
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ you may use $FontFamilies to see the fonts available on your system and try one that looks like what you need by replacing FontFamily -> Times with the new font. For example, on my mac there's a font "Calisto MT" that may fit, via FontFamily -> "Calisto MT" $\endgroup$ Apr 2, 2018 at 17:47
  • $\begingroup$ I would use Subscript[x, g] instead of the inscrutable "\!\(\*SubscriptBox[\(x\), \(g\)]\)". If p is your plot, what does Options[p] return? $\endgroup$
    – Carl Woll
    Apr 2, 2018 at 18:24
  • $\begingroup$ MaTeX is really powerful once you have installed it, and there is a paclet installer. See github.com/szhorvat/MaTeX $\endgroup$
    – SPPearce
    Apr 2, 2018 at 18:27
  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps FontFamily -> "Times New Roman" $\endgroup$
    – Bob Hanlon
    Apr 2, 2018 at 20:27

2 Answers 2


Joining the answer by José and a comment by egwene:

{#, Style[
     "\!\(\*SubscriptBox[\(x\), \(g\)]\)  \!\(\*SubscriptBox[\(p\),   \(g\)]\)",
     FontSlant -> Italic, FontFamily -> #, 32]} & /@ $FontFamilies // Grid

gives a list in which many fonts provide outputs similar to what is desired.

$FontFamilies // Length yields 285, so for the sake of sanity only first 40 fonts are displayed in the image below.

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Maybe you are looking for the fontname "Euclid". However, be advised that you must have this font installed in your system:

Style["\!\(\*SubscriptBox[\(x\), \(g\)]\)  \!\(\*SubscriptBox[\(P\), \
      \(g\)]\)", FontSlant -> Italic, FontFamily -> "Euclid", 32]

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You should be also be aware about the font recommended for the plots in the journal you want to publish your paper (often, Times or Arial).

Style["\!\(\*SubscriptBox[\(x\), \(g\)]\)  \!\(\*SubscriptBox[\(P\), \
      \(g\)]\)", FontSlant -> Italic, FontFamily -> "Times", 32]

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  • $\begingroup$ I tried elucid as you recommended, but it did not work. I had installed that on my system. $\endgroup$
    – Saeid
    Apr 2, 2018 at 19:29
  • $\begingroup$ Sounds bizarre. Anyway, and after seeing your font request in detail in your second fig, I would bet on "Times" as the font you are looking for. You can also take a look at the answer by @corey979 $\endgroup$ Apr 2, 2018 at 19:33

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