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SynthSlant – Synthetic slanting of glyphs

package synthslant slants short pieces of text to the right or to the left.


The minimally necessary files to install synthslant are synthslant.ins and synthslant.dtx. Running on synthslant.ins in particular produces synthslant.sty:

    latex synthslant.ins

After extraction from synthslant.dtx place synthslant.sty in a directory mentioned in your TEXINPUTS paths or copy it into one of the directories for your installation's sty-files and run mktexlsr or equivalent.

To build the documentation it is easier to use the GNU Makefile:


Lua users will want to override the default command pdflatex with lualatex by saying

    make LATEX=lualatex

To construct the manual synthslant.pdf a working installation is required. Moreover, besides the usual POSIX utilities base64 is needed to recover the graphics file stored as printable ASCII characters inside of synthslant.dtx. Cautious users can run

    make tool-check

ahead to verify that the required utilities are installed and working. For an overview over the most important Makefile targets use

    make help


Load the package with the usual incantation


See Section 2 of the package documentation for available options.


The package documentation can be found online.


Synthslant is written by Ch. L. Spiel <cspiel@users.sourceforge.org>.


Released under the Project Public License v1.3c or later.

Download the contents of this package in one zip archive (1.1M).

synthslant – Synthetically slant text

This package allows to slant (“shear”) short pieces of text to the left or to the right by an arbitrary angle, thus creating for example “fake italics” or upright italics.

Several back-ends that do the actual shearing are supported, though currently the pdf back-end works best concerning output quality and processing speed.

Home pagehttps://github.com/cspiel/synthslant
Bug trackerhttps://github.com/cspiel/synthslant/issues
Version0.1a 2024-07-08
LicensesThe Project Public License 1.3c
Copyright2024 Ch. L. Spiel
MaintainerChris Spiel
Contained inTeX Live as synthslant
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