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Seeking crisp, clear text in .gif

 1:57 am on Mar 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

I typically use Fireworks MX for my image and graphics creation. I have noticed that any text I create in FWMX is not crisp (in other words it is fuzzy and not like HTML text) I know there are anti-aliasing options but they don' t do what I want. If you visit the link below and look at the text under the "Residential" or "Business" section, you'll see that it's not HTML text, yet it is excellent quality.

How is this done? And what are the fonts that allow for clear type at small point sizes?

Thank you in advance.

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[edited by: oilman at 2:02 am (utc) on Mar. 30, 2004]
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 9:08 am on Mar 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

Sounds like a 'mini font'. Try searching for this and you should be able to find a freeware.




 2:50 pm on Mar 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thanks for replying. Actually, the answer I needed was to turn anti-aliasing off. This seems to be the trick for small sized type.


 4:38 pm on Mar 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

Turning anti-aliasing off on small fonts and especially 'pixel fonts' will definately improve the quality or sharpness of the font.

Another thing to keep in mind when working with the above font types is to be sure that the text element is on a 'whole' pixel. ie. the registration point for the text element is at, for example, x:4 y:12 and not x:4.7 y: 11.9.

At least in Flash if the text is off by a few increments it can show up fuzzy, as well.



 5:18 pm on Mar 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

There's a small font called silkscreen that's quite popular.


 4:23 pm on Mar 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

Maybe it goes without saying, but another thing to always remember when using small font sizes is to choose a sans serif font; serifs make small print total mud.

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