This document is about how to set up and use Fonts.

Table of contents

First steps

Every font consists of a font family and a font style. Those are two different objects in IDML-Creator, and those two can be handled differently in InDesign. Set them up like that:


use IDML\Content\Font\FontFamily;
use IDML\Content\Font\FontStyle;

$helveticaNeue = new FontFamily('Helvetica Neue'); 
$helveticaNeueRegular = new FontStyle($helveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue Regular');
$helveticaNeueItalic = new FontStyle($helveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue Italic');


Since IDML-Creator version 4.0, you can use the Factory to create and register a FontStyle:

$helveticaNeueRegular = $factory->createFontStyle($helveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue Regular');
$helveticaNeueItalic = $factory->createFontStyle($helveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue Italic');

Family name and style name are required attributes here.

Using fonts in styles

The font family and the font style can be used in styles like that:




It's not important here if a font is available on a system!

NOTICE: If you want to provide fonts along with your idml files, create a folder Document fonts in the same directory. When opening an idml (or indd) file, InDesign will look for this folder and activate all fonts inside.