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Chapter 5. Working with Text > Using Anti-alias Text

Using Anti-alias Text

FL8DS-2.2B

Anti-aliasing affects the pixels on the edge of a shape by allowing them to blend in with the background. It is a crucial feature when working with some text as it makes it appear smoother and more integrated. Flash 8 includes FlashType, a new text rendering feature that improves anti-aliasing and readability for fonts (). FlashType is enabled whenever Flash Player 8 is the selected player, and anti-aliasing is set to anti-aliasing for readability or custom. The drawback with anti-aliasing is that at smaller font sizes the text can appear blurry. To avoid this problem, use San serif text, such as Helvetica or Arial, and don’t use bold and italic. You can use anti-aliasing with static, dynamic, and input text. You apply anti-aliasing to text boxes instead of characters.


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