Solution: Replace the faux Bold or Italic styling with the real Bold or Italic face of the font in question. To locate the font with the 'faux' style applied in the Font Usage dialog, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Font Usage dialog (Utilities > Usage — click on Fonts).

  2. Locate the font in the Font Usage dialog that displays with the words 'Bold' or 'Italic' in brackets after the font name. This is where you have applied a faux style (See the example at the end of these steps).

  3. Where you have applied any faux Bold or Italic to a Regular font face, click on the font, then click on the Replace button.

  4. In the Replace Font dialog you will see the name of the font and the 'B' or 'I' style indicator highlighted. Click on the 'P' style indicator to remove the faux styling.

  5. Click on the font pop-up menu and choose the true Bold face of the font.

  6. Click Save, then click Done in the Usage dialog.

    Note!: This is not the only method you can use to locate a faux style for a font. You can also search for any region where text is set against a transparent object or where a drop shadow is applied. You can also search for faux styling in the Find/Change dialog (Edit > Find/Change).


In order to deconstruct and flatten transparent regions correctly for output (which applies also to drop shadows applied to text, QuarkXPress needs specific glyph vector information from the true Bold or Italic face of a font. On the Macintosh platform, the correct glyph vector information is applied to text only when you actually choose the Bold or Italic face of a font. However, if you choose the regular or plain face of a font and click on the 'B' or 'I' in the Measurements palette, QuarkXPress may use a 'faux (or 'false') Bold' or 'faux Italic' created by the operating system if the true intrinsic font face is not available in the system. While a faux Bold or Italic 'font' will still print, albeit incorrectly, no vector information will be available on which to base an accurate transparency or drop shadow calculation. This can cause transparent glyphs, regions, and drop shadows to print or export to PDF incorrectly.

Note!: Due to the way font technology works on the Windows side, clicking on the 'B' or 'I' in the Measurements palette will actually apply the Bold or Italic face of a font.