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I downloaded a free font that included four .ttf files for the Regular, Italic, Bold, and Bold Italic variants, all different. I dragged them into Font Book and they all appeared in a group, but the three variants other than Regular were flagged as duplicates:

Multiple copies of this font are installed.

If I choose Resolve automatically all variants except Regular are shown as Off. If I right-click and enable these variants, ignoring the multiple-copies message, I'm still not able to use all the variants in TextEdit or Photoshop (the only apps I've checked in so far).

What's going on with this font? The previews in Font Book look exactly as I expect them to (rendering as the proper variants).

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Have you, first of all, looked in /System/Library/Fonts, in /Library/Fonts, and in ~/Library/Fonts to see what actually exists ... as opposed to depending on software to tell you.

I expect that both Photoshop and TextEdit fonts behaving properly depends on the Mac default fonts - and fonts commonly used by those (and other) apps - being in the correct location.

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I had compared /Library/Fonts to ~/Library/Fonts, but hadn't checked /System/Library/Fonts — just checked there too — but the font files only exist in ~/Library/Fonts. Other fonts in that folder do appear in Photoshop with all the variants working. I was expecting this might be something amiss with the metadata in this particular font, but that's a pretty random, uneducated hunch at this point. – RwwL Dec 30 '13 at 14:14
@RwwL, when I read the post, I thought of the metadata first as well. I suspect that one of the names that OS X uses is the same across all the fonts. – Alan Shutko Dec 30 '13 at 19:16
@RwwL Can you remember the source of where you downloaded these font files so I can try to reproduce and then diagnose the problem? If it fails on multiple machines, then it might be related to improper metadata naming convention. – bunting Dec 30 '13 at 21:21
Thanks for taking a look! I snagged it from here: – RwwL Dec 30 '13 at 22:49
Watch out for the awful, awful ads on that page throwing up fake download buttons for who-knows-what, though. – RwwL Dec 30 '13 at 22:50

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