When adding text into images, make sure that you turn on anti-aliasing for the font type. Anti-aliasing is a process that eliminates distortions when displaying high-resolution images, or in this case, text at lower resolutions.
You can turn anti-aliasing on and off in all serious image editors.
Anti-aliasing is necessary to use with texts in images, otherwise True Type or Open Type fonts are not displayed smoothly. Instead, they look like old-fashioned bitmap fonts where each pixel is clearly differentiated.
Samples Without Anti-Aliasing
Here are sample texts written with the Georgia Open Type font at various font sizes without using anti-aliasing:
The distortions are very visible and not nice at all. They are even annoying to a certain degree.
Samples with Anti-Aliasing
Now, let’s see the same sample texts with anti-aliasing turned on:
Notice the difference at the texts’ outlines — there is no rasterization present, the curves of the texts are smooth. These samples are much easier to look at and read.
Anti-Aliasing in Photoshop Elements
I like to use Photoshop Elements for my image editing needs. To toggle anti-aliasing in Photoshop Elements use this button:
The button is easy to spot — it’s an abbreviation for the process: AA.
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