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Chapter 10. Managing Fonts > Making Fonts Look Their Best Onscreen

Making Fonts Look Their Best Onscreen

When you use very large TrueType fonts in documents, you might notice that the edges of some characters look jagged. The effect is less noticeable than the dramatic problem you see using bitmap fonts, but it's noticeable nonetheless. (This problem occurs only onscreen, where you're typically restricted to a resolution of 72 pixels per inch; on the printed page, a laser printer will print your TrueType fonts much more smoothly at its typical resolution of 300 dots per inch.)

To fix the "jaggies" and make text more readable, you can turn on a Windows feature called font smoothing, which fills in the jagged edges of characters with pixels of an intermediate color. Your video card and monitor must be set to a minimum resolution of 256 colors to use this feature, although you'll get much better results using the High Color (16 Bit) Display setting.


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