You won't ever get an angled line to look as smooth as a vertical or horizontal line, because the line has to be mapped to the pixels.
You might try this:
- Make your image 2 or 4 times larger than you intend as your final product
- Export from the large version
- Open the export
- Resizing to 50 or 25%, as appropriate
I will sometimes use this technique with fonts that are particularly delicate, for which FW's screen aliasing doesn't give me a result I like.
so when you say 4 times bigger do you just mean canvas? or also making all borders 4px instead of 1px before reducing to 25%?
You need to scale everything, so yes, a 4px line would reduce to a 1px line if you make 4x bigger and reduce to 25%.
thanks but if anything thats worse...
i guess theres no real solution but to tolerate the jagged appearance of the slanted lines
Can you post an image of your work?
Is this a little better? If you're going for a triangle, the aliasing to the monitor pixel grid is really difficult to avoid. Here's what I did:
- Imported your posted image and scaled up by 400%
- Created a rectangle
- For the triangular piece,
- Added guidelines, where the distances between guidelines are divisible by four (othewise, the reduction won't alias properly)
- Drew a triangle with the pen tool, using the intersections of the guide lines to get correct placement
- Selected the triangle and rectangle and combined them with Modify>Combine Paths>Union
- I duplicated this shape, setting the lower to fill, no stroke and the upper to stroke, no fill
- The stroke is a 4-pixel Soft Line, with Stroke Options... set to Inside Path (centering the stroke on the path puts the math off by a few pixels)
- Exported to a flattened .png
- Imported the flattened .png and scaled down to 25%
When you're trying this scheme with geometric pieces, it's important to create the objects with dimensions that are integral multiples of the scaling factors you want to use and to place them at locations that are evenly divisible by the scaling factor . (In this case, 4.)
Fireworks .png file here: http://www.box.net/shared/8e58vtffdbxsn9gafa2g
i appreciate your efforts doing this.
it is a bit better
Happy to help!