Re: Question: Photoshop Text for Web

From: Lee Daniel Crocker (
Date: Mon Nov 12 2001 - 11:08:28 MST

> Hey Natasha,
> Try sharpening the edges...there is a filter for that.

That's a bit like upgrading the springs on a cart with wooden
wheels; it might work, sort of, but it doesn't address the root
of the problem.

The most important thing to do is make sure you keep text and
photographic images separate. Too many people try to put text
on top of a photograph, and then use tools that work well for
continuous-tone photographs on the composite, destroying the
text. Keep them separate, and make sure the text is always
saved in PNG format and never JPEG. Use JPEG for photographs
and photograph-like art. Use PNG for text and line drawings.
Never mix the two.

If you want the text even sharper, tell photoshop not to
anti-alias it in the first place, or abandon photoshop and use
a small, cheap, featureless paint program that doesn't do
anti-aliasing to compose your text. Or, manually edit a small
(say 16 color) palette for use with the text, and map your
text to that without dithering. That will give it sharper
edges and save download time as well.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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