6 Replies Latest reply: Aug 17, 2010 4:41 PM by ekulis RSS

    Pixelated Text.

    ekulis

      PSE8 Mac OS X Snow Leopard

       

      My text in PSE has always looked horrible.  Toggling the anti alias setting changes it from very, very, very horrible to very, very horrible.

       

      I go to another tool like Mac Pages.  Create text there and then PDF or screen shot for another layer in PSE.

       

      What's up? 

       

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        • 1. Re: Pixelated Text.
          ekulis Community Member

          Well here's a clue.  I resampled the image from 72 per inch to 300 per inch and it looks a lot better.  So at 72 pix the pix are just too big to smooth out the edges.

           

          If there's more to know that please comment.

          • 2. Re: Pixelated Text.
            MTSTUNER Community Member

            The zoom% could cause the text to appear pixelated.

            The best is 100%, but 50% or 25% will due also.

             

            Try a different font, some just are bad regardless.

             

            The first screenshot is 100% view (actual pixels) and the second is 66.7% view.

             

            Click on the images below  to enlarge.

             

            text100.png

             

            text66.png

             

            MTSTUNER

            • 3. Re: Pixelated Text.
              Barbara B. ACP/MVPs

              Resizing text after simplifying it will make it look dreadful, too.

              • 4. Re: Pixelated Text.
                ekulis Community Member

                Hi MTS!

                 

                Say, what typeface did you use for the Test that you screenshotted?  That's a nice one.

                 

                My test as to the look of the test is to get it to print or print to a PDF.

                 

                I set the resolution to 300 pixels per inch like you'd scan a printed document and that made it look a lot better on the screen and as I printed it.

                 

                So, is it true that if you've got pixels at 72 per inch then it's just not enough and type will look bad?

                 

                -ed

                • 5. Re: Pixelated Text.
                  MTSTUNER Community Member

                  If your using the type tool in photoshop elements to make your text, then

                  the resolution of the document won't matter for just viewing on a computer

                  monitor (maybe a little). If you can't get any fonts to look good viewing the

                  document at 100% (actual pixels) viewing in photoshop elements, using text

                  you made with the type tool, then perhaps a global setting on your computer

                  is causing this. Also try resetting the type tool in photoshop elements by

                  going to left of the tool options bar and choosing reset tool.

                   

                  reset-type-tool-pse.png

                   

                  If you intention is to print, then it does matter. If your making a document

                  that you want to print, start out with a document with a resolution of 300

                  before adding text etc.( resolutions of 240-300 or so will probably be okay)

                  File>New.

                   

                  Also, doing any resizing (except resolution), up or down, by adding or subtacting

                  pixels (image size dialog with resample checked), will tend to make your pictures

                  or documents not as good as the originals.

                  That's not to say you should never resize, cause there times you have to, for example

                  images for display on the web or emailing.

                   

                  I used a Arial Rounded MT Bold font for the test images. The first e below is a 640x480

                  at 72 resolution and the second e is a 640x480 at 300 resolution.

                   

                   

                  72-res.png

                   

                  300res.png

                   

                   

                  MTSTUNER

                  • 6. Re: Pixelated Text.
                    ekulis Community Member

                    Great answers MTS thank you very much!

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