Java: Apply Different Fonts in PDF

When creating PDF, it’s important to use appropriate fonts in different situations. For normal PDF files, you can draw text with common fonts such as Arial, Times New Roman. If you want to create a distinctive PDF with a unique visual identity, you can use private fonts. This article will demonstrate how to use different fonts in a PDF document with Spire.PDF for Java library.

Install Spire.PDF for Java

First of all, you're required to add the Spire.Pdf.jar file as a dependency in your Java program. The JAR file can be downloaded from this link. If you use Maven, you can easily import the JAR file in your application by adding the following code to your project's pom.xml file.

<repositories>
    <repository>
        <id>com.e-iceblue</id>
        <name>e-iceblue</name>
        <url>https://repo.e-iceblue.com/nexus/content/groups/public/</url>
    </repository>
</repositories>
<dependencies>
    <dependency>
        <groupId>e-iceblue</groupId>
        <artifactId>spire.pdf</artifactId>
        <version>10.7.3</version>
    </dependency>
</dependencies>
    

Apply Different Fonts in a PDF Document in Java

Spire.PDF for Java supports standard PDF fonts, TrueType fonts, private fonts as well as CJK font. The following are the steps to draw text in PDF using these fonts.

  • Create a PdfDocument instance.
  • Add a page and then create a brush.
  • Create an instance of the PdfFont class with a standard PDF font, and then use the PdfPageBase.getCanvas().drawString() method to draw text on the page with the standard font.
  • Create an instance of the PdfTrueTypeFont class with a specified font, and then draw text on the page with the TrueType font.
  • Load a private font and create an instance of the PdfTrueTypeFont class with it. Then draw text on the page with the private font.
  • Create an instance of PdfCjkStandardFont class with a CJK font, and then draw text on the page with the CJK font.
  • Save the result document using PdfDocument.saveToFile() method.
  • Java
import com.spire.pdf.PdfDocument;
import com.spire.pdf.PdfPageBase;
import com.spire.pdf.graphics.*;

public class PdfFonts {

    public static void main(String[] args) {

        //Create a PdfDocument instance
        PdfDocument pdf = new PdfDocument();

        //Add a page
        PdfPageBase page = pdf.getPages().add();

        //Create a brush
        PdfBrush brush = PdfBrushes.getBlack();

        //Initialize y coordinate
        float y = 30;

        //Draw text using standard fonts
        PdfFont standardFont = new PdfFont(PdfFontFamily.Helvetica, 14f);
        page.getCanvas().drawString("Standard Font - Helvetica", standardFont, brush, 0, y);
        standardFont = new PdfFont(PdfFontFamily.Times_Roman, 14f);
        page.getCanvas().drawString("Standard Font - Times_Roman", standardFont, brush, 0, (y = y + 16));
        standardFont = new PdfFont(PdfFontFamily.Courier, 14f);
        page.getCanvas().drawString("Standard Font - Courier", standardFont, brush, 0, (y = y + 16));

        //Draw text using truetype font
        java.awt.Font font = new java.awt.Font("Arial", java.awt.Font.BOLD, 14);
        PdfTrueTypeFont trueTypeFont = new PdfTrueTypeFont(font);
        page.getCanvas().drawString("TrueType Font - Arial", trueTypeFont, brush, 0, (y = y + 30f));

        //Draw text using private font
        String fontFileName = "Khadija.ttf";
        trueTypeFont = new PdfTrueTypeFont(fontFileName, 14f);
        page.getCanvas().drawString("Private Font - Khadija", trueTypeFont, brush, 0, (y = y + 30f));

        //Draw text using cjk fonts
        PdfCjkStandardFont cjkFont = new PdfCjkStandardFont(PdfCjkFontFamily.Monotype_Hei_Medium, 14f);
        page.getCanvas().drawString("How to say 'Font' in Chinese? \u5B57\u4F53", cjkFont, brush, 0, (y = y + 30f));
        cjkFont = new PdfCjkStandardFont(PdfCjkFontFamily.Hanyang_Systems_Gothic_Medium, 14f);
        page.getCanvas().drawString("How to say 'Font' in Japanese? \u30D5\u30A9\u30F3\u30C8", cjkFont, brush, 0, (y = y + 16f));
        cjkFont = new PdfCjkStandardFont(PdfCjkFontFamily.Hanyang_Systems_Shin_Myeong_Jo_Medium, 14f);
        page.getCanvas().drawString("How to say 'Font' in Korean? \uAE00\uAF34", cjkFont, brush, 0, (y = y + 16f));

        //Save the result document
        pdf.saveToFile("PdfFonts.pdf");
        pdf.close();
    }
}

Java: Apply Different Fonts in PDF

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