1. For better results with greek *language* use babel or xetex. The greek letters in math mode are just symbols (no stresses or accents in a straightforward way)

Good tip however

• Thank you for the comment. I agree, writing a text with these commands would be a pain. Best, Tom.

2. Sper

It’s good to know, however. Thanks, Tom!

3. aucuneimportance

What’s the difference with using \ensuremath{\alpha}

Any way, what’s the problem with typing $\beta$ everytime ?

• Hi there,

The main advantage probably is that you don’t have to worry about font style (e.g. bold), it works just like for normal text. Also, the letters are not in italics by default. Other than that, I think you are right, it’s a personal choice whether you prefer switching to math mode or using the textgreek package.
By the way, for bold symbols in math mode use:

\usepackage{bm}
...
$\boldsymbol{\beta}$

Ensuremath has it’s own problems (see here for a discussion), but is also a valid choice in most cases.

Best, Tom.

4. ABC

Great guide! I will use it from now on! But…

I am having trouble using this with \usepackage[sc]{mathpazo} that I put to use the Palatino font.

Greek letters (e.g., \textbeta)
(1) look ugly and pixelated (when zoomed in)
(2) are not modified by \textbf and such
(3) are not similar to the Palatino font

If I remove the mathpazo package everything works (but I get the standard LaTeX font).

Does anyone know a workaround for this? I know (3) is not the packages fault, but I would love to have upright greek fonts Palatino-like.

Thanks

• If you are keen, you can try customizing \textgreekfontmap. See the package documentation for more information. Best, Tom.

• ABC

Thanks Tom!

5. Marie Hoffmann

Was wondering a long time, whether this would be possible. Thanks!
Noticed, that the optional package is named “artemisia”, not “anthemisia” like written above.

• Corrected, many thanks!

6. Jam

In case anyone had the same problem as me… this was the top google result for me, and it works, except LaTeX ignores spaces after I use it. e.g. \textalpha helix comes out as αhelix. A simple way to get around this is using {} brackets. \textalpha{ }helix comes out right.

• tom

Thanks for your comment! Best, Tom.

7. sanji

Hey do you know a way of using those in the acronym package?

• sanji

sry figured the problem out by myself 🙂 was no problem with the package itself

• tom

no problem, thanks for the feedback.

8. Enrico

Hi. I tried to use the package textgreek. However, even with a very minimal example (see below), I get pixelated fonts. What is the issue?

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{textgreek}
\begin{document}
\textSigma
\end{document}
• Hi Enrico,

Not sure what Editor/OS you are on. Perhaps the problem is with your PDF viewer. Did you try looking the the PDF with Acrobat/Preview?

Best, Tom