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I'm trying to use Inkscape to design a logo, the issue is that I can't use any variants of one of my fonts, Quicksand Light:

Inkscape

I know I have the font and its variants installed because GIMP notices and can use them just fine:

GIMP

How can I get Inkscape to notice and use the variants of fonts?

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Unlike in Gimp or other applications there is a strict separation of font family vs. font style in SVG, and in Inkscape.

Therefore we will be presented the font family only from selection in the top panel. To change the font style (as they were defined with the installed font) we can either use the default style icons from the tool panel, or adjust it using the Text > Text an Font... properties dialog ShiftCtrlT:

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We need to press Apply after having made changes to take effect.

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    Wow! I had no idea you could do this. I just always assumed Inkscape had limited type abilities. This is great! – DA01 Oct 5 '14 at 20:04
  • Note that there are some SVG font features that you can't really access in Inkscape's UI. When in doubt open the XML editor with <kbd>Ctrl</kbd>+<kbd>Shift</kbd>+<kbd>X</kbd> and go rogue! – Scribblemacher Jul 27 '16 at 18:05

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