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Thread: Small type for web in Photoshop CS - need HELP

  1. #1
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    Nov 2005

    Small type for web in Photoshop CS - need HELP

    I am having an on-going problem creating acceptable looking small type for the web in PhotoShop CS. Anything under about 12 or 13 point just doesn't look good. I've tried experimenting with the Crisp, Sharp, Smooth, Strong settings, but to no avail. And yet I see sites every day where web graphics have very small type - often as small as 7 or 8 point - and it looks crisp, clear and sharp.

    Can anyone give me any tips on creating web graphics where small point size type actually looks good? Typeface does not seem to matter, nor does the format (JPG or GIF) or quality level, though I am saving everything at 72 dpi.

    Any input on creating crisp, clear, sharp web type in PhotoShop CS would be MUCH appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by firingline; 11-10-2005 at 06:17 PM.

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    Oct 2005
    Maybe try some nice pixel fonts. Do a search at www.dafont.com or www.fontsforflash.com, etc. There are some nice free ones out there.

  3. #3
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    Nov 2005
    Maquoketa, IA
    Photoshop is a pixel based program, therefor its not ment to be used for type unless the text is used as a graphic element that doesnt need to have that crisp look to it. Try using a vector based program like illustrator, or even flash. Or you could always just do your type in the HTML editor that you are using. My dreamweaver teacher couldnt stress enough to us that you really dont want to bring text into your editor, always do it in the editor, but if you have to do it then use a vector program.

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    dobson ave.
    Hi -
    Save for web as png-24 instead of .jpg - if that's what you're using.

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  5. #5
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    Dec 2005
    Those web graphic, you are talking about are made with pixel fonts (named also small fonts). Go to dafont.com/en/ and download some fonts in Bitmap category. Those fonts works best without any attributs (Crisp, Sharp, Smooth, Strong) given to the font (so the atribute must be "None"). It works very well.

    Spletne Strani
    Last edited by Spletne Strani; 12-10-2005 at 06:02 AM.

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