I'm new to this website so I'll try to be as clear as possible.

I downloaded a font online and I want to use it in my AE CS6 composition. When I wrote something using this font, I noticed that it appeared differently from what was shown in the preview from the website.

I tried opening a Word document and write something using the same font, and I confirmed my doubts: the font is right, but AE shows it in a simil-italic style for un unknown reason. The images below show the difference between Word and AE.

The font is not equipped with an Italic version, and (as you can see from the screenshots) I wrote using the only option available: "Regular".

Do you know what may cause this issue? Thanks in advance.

AE CS6 Screenshot Microsoft Word Screenshot

  • What font are you trying to use? May 5, 2017 at 2:14
  • Check if the Faux Italic option is on. It's at the bottom of the Character panel (below the font name/size).
    – Gyan
    May 5, 2017 at 4:54

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This looks like you have the Faux Italic option activated. You can turn that option on and off using the switch at the bottom of the Character panel. Here's a screenshot of that panel with Faux Italic turned on.

AE character panel with Faux Italic option turned on

You can use that option to simulate an italic (slanted) version of a font that doesn't come in that style. It's generally a bad idea to use this option, as it is subpar to an actual italic font style. The difference is that the italic style variant of a font-family is specifically designed for that purpose and differs from the regular style in more ways than just being slanted. The Faux Italics option merely distorts the individual characters, which can lead to unwanted artifacts such as illegible characters, altered grey values and aliasing.

Another possible cause of your distortion problem is any sort of distortion effect that is applied to the text layer or a superordinate adjustment layer, but I find that unlikely.

  • Thanks, it was quite a while since I used AE and I forgot that possibility. I just had to enlarge the "character" window to find that.
    – Magnaos
    May 5, 2017 at 13:21
  • @Magnaos Glad I could help! Oh yeah I forgot to mention that .. in Premiere Pro the relevant options are often hidden behind the Show Options checkbox, in After Effects there's oftentimes just not enough space for all the panels ...
    – MoritzLost
    May 5, 2017 at 13:38

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