Trouble making edges of text look smooth

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Nathan Sokalski, Jan 29, 2006.

  1. I am trying to make the text on a Type Layer appear smooth in the *.GIF file
    I am creating from it. The type is 16pt with an anti-aliasing method of
    Smooth. I tried many different setting combinations for the optimization
    settings, although I think I used the most appropriate ones the first time.
    I can't figure out what I am doing wrong, does anybody have any ideas? If it
    will help anyone to have the file I am trying, just send me your email and I
    will send you the file in an email. Thank you all in advance.
    Nathan Sokalski, Jan 29, 2006
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  2. The problem is that you cannot have smooth edges in a .GIF image with a
    transparent background. GIFs only allow pixels to be either fully
    transparent or not transparent at all. The solution is to set the
    "Matte" colour to the colour of the background that you will be putting
    your GIF onto.

    Nicholas Sherlock
    Nicholas Sherlock, Jan 29, 2006
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  3. Nathan Sokalski

    Greg N. Guest

    Create the image in RGB mode (save intermediate versions as TIFF).

    When you're done, convert the image from RGB to Indexed mode. If you
    want less than 256 colors, you'll have to experiment how far down you
    can go without things starting to look overly ragged.

    Finally, save as GIF.
    Greg N., Jan 29, 2006
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