»Ugly« does not give a very clear description of what you are talking about.
In what format do you provide the files?
What is the anti-aliasing method set in the Ptions Bar for your text?
By ugly, I mean the text doesn't look, for lack of a better term, "normal". It seems to look smeared. It just doesn't stand out. The files I send to the lab are saved at the highest .jpg. I generally use "sharp" when I use the type tool.
Could you post a screenshot of the original text and possibly a scan/fotograph of the result?
But what you describe sounds unpromising.
I don't have a scanner, but here is what the image looks like. Because of the size restrictions, it may not be a help. The type on the photo looks okay on the monitor, but as I said when it comes back from the lab the type is not crisp. Perhaps Photoshop is not the right application. But it is a photograph . . .
Try sending a pdf the next time.
Pdf and eps can maintain type as vector data (provided no faux styles are applied for example …).
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If the lab requires you to send jpg I don’t see much possibility to improve results; possibly a higher resolution but the lab may process the images to their desired resolution again, so that may not help.
I'm going to have to see what the lab will do. I've done hundreds of photos with them, I've just always taken for granted that the highest possible .jpg was the way all labs worked. It just seems as though the more I get into this, the more I realize that everything I've done up until now, has been half-assed!
Thanks so much c.p for your input . . .