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grainy text....

May 22, 2011, 00:57
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grainy text....
alright so it might be just the fact that ive been using smaller canvas's but even on my somewhat bigger ones ive noticed my text looks grainy as hell, pixel...y... the edges are super straight and rigid. ive played with the anti aliasing thing to see if that helps...but it doesnt much, hey i think that was what you said to ofnuts...how do i fix this, i havent been playing with settings at all, so i dont know what i could of done. any suggestions would be greatly greatly appreciated. thanks guys in advance.

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May 22, 2011, 01:17
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RE: grainy text....
How do you produce the text?

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May 22, 2011, 06:36
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RE: grainy text....
oh wow, im assuming this is an easy answer...the same way i always...and only know how to, with the A icon...i feel so blonde right now. i havent changed anything that ive ever done, none of the settings until lately when its looked the way it does. but only the ones on the tool bar the hinting auto hinting and the anti one... im sorry im not more useful in helping you help me. im not stroking letters or anything, im dont add effects until after and they look like crap before.

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May 22, 2011, 10:24
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RE: grainy text....
Maybe its not the way you use the Text tool, but what you do afterwards. A common mistake is to merge down the text layer, and later bucket-fill the resulting layer after wand-selecting the background (top) instead of keeping the layers separate, and bucket-filling the whole background layer (merge down isn't even necessary in most cases) (bottom).

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May 22, 2011, 18:03
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RE: grainy text....
nope, even when i just have text, here ill show ya, im not going to merge or color or anything just type with a couple of texts (cuz they all look crappy) and then ill post. thanks for your help.

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May 22, 2011, 18:14
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RE: grainy text....
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May 22, 2011, 18:15
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RE: grainy text....
it looked worse on gimp... you can still see it a bit in the still crap, well i can see it in all of them, but i have to look at it.

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May 22, 2011, 19:23
Post: #8
RE: grainy text....
First, since you saved as JPG, you have JPG compression artifacts all over the place. This kind of image should be saved as PNG, JPG is just good for photos.

Second, it's not that bad. If you intend to use that kind of graphics on web sites, you are limited by the screen resolution of the displays of your visitors anyway. What is the screen resolutions of yours?

If its for print, work on images sufficiently big. Aim for about 300DPI in the final image, this would make your sample above be printed as two inches/5cm high. This mean to work on images around 600DPI for most of the processing, because you can lose sharpness during the editing

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May 22, 2011, 20:00
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alright, thanks. ive been switching from 72ppi to 300ppi the picture im working on is for an ebook, and the person im working with says it looks fine, so its just my computer settings...? thanks and i dodnt know i saved it as a jpeg oops, i do normally save as png.

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