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Chapter Thirteen. Type > Display Issues

Display Issues

Q1:Is it possible to avoid jagged text when importing? Is there way to import text from other programs into Photoshop without getting jagged edges?
A1: When you import text from elsewhere using the File>Place command, it has to be converted into pixels—there's no way around that. That means that imported type is not really type at all—it is a pixel layer that will likely appearmore jagged than type added directly in Photoshop. Instead, copy the text from the other application, click once with the Type tool (T), and paste (Edit>Paste) your copied text.
Q2:Why does my text look jagged? When I save as a JPEG, my text looks more jagged than in Photoshop format (PSD). Why?
A2: When you save in formats like TIFF or JPEG, the Type layers are converted to pixels. To help avoid jagged edges in your text, be sure None is not selected in the Anti-aliasing pop-up menu in the Options Bar (when you have the Type tool [T] active).
Q3:Why doesn't my text look like vector type? I thought type was now vector in Photoshop, but it sure doesn't look like it when I put my TIFF file into my page-layout software. What gives?
A3: While you're working in Photoshop, the type is vector. As soon as you save in a raster format, such as BMP, JPEG, or TIFF, the type becomes rasterized and the quality “suffers.” The only way to preserve the vector quality is to save in PSD or PDF format.


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