My Font in Photoshop is suddenly very low res and pixelized

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by VideoNewbie, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. VideoNewbie macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2009
    so earlier i was trying to place font within a GIF pic and it wouldnt let me i converted the pic to a png

    ever since i did that any time i try to add text to an image whether its a jpg or png or psd the font looks very pixeled and low res

    i thought it might be my color settings so i changed it from 8 bit to 32 bit and the problem still exists
    i dont even remember if 8 or 32 is the default ?

    any ideas what happened?
  2. PrePressAcrobat macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2010


    1 - ANY vectors will 'look" rasterized when viewed in Photoshop - no matter what.

    2 - When using vectors inside Photoshop
    there are only 2 ways to get vectors OUT of Photoshop.

    A - Save as Photoshop .eps file
    these files can be placed into InDesign and be spit out as PDF as
    print files to RIP and retain their vectors.
    Or, as PostScript files, they can be registered directly to the RIP.
    However ... these files will ALWAYS rasterize when reopened with photoshop
    so ... this is worthless and not recommended as no editing is possible.

    You could always start over with the .psd file.

    B - Save as Photoshop PDF (please manually change the extension to .pdp
    after the "save as" to identify the file for your and your PrePress providers clarification in the future.
    These files may be placed into InDesign, registered to the RIP and
    reopened with Photoshop while retaining all of the layers and vectors.
    When using type inside Photoshop ...
    DO NOT use "Faux Bold" or "Faux Italic"
    (as in right clicking on the type and selecting these).
    You MUST have loaded and use the actual font - Bold and Italic -
    from the font popup menu.
    If you use the "Faux" styled fonts:
    the ENTIRE TEXT BOX will instantly be rasterized - no matter what.
    Any other Photoshop will print rasterized.
    A .psd file will rasterize (instantly) when placed into InDesign
    (no matter what).

  3. VideoNewbie thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2009
    thanks but you just gave me a l aundry list of what seems to be somewhat complicated work arounds such as having to save the photoshop as a esp file and speaking a language i am too illiterate in photoshop to understand.

    all i know is in the past i fired up photoshop and was easily able to input text without it looking 'rasterized'
    in the past as early as this morning there were no issues when entering text it would just work easily and simply.

    any other ideas?
  4. Macsonic macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2009
    To clarify, what error message are you getting when you say the Gif image cannot be converted to PNG? Not sure if this helps, can you try to go to Image/Mode and check if the word "Index" is checked/highlighted? If "Index" is checked, change it to "RGB".

    Will you be using the PNG for web viewing or for a high res print material? For the font being pixelated, maybe try to go to the top menu bar where you see the font character, size, etc and on the right there is a dropdown menu with "None, Sharp, Crisp, Strong and Smooth" Try setting the font to either Crisp, strong. Though not sure if this will help solve your inquiry.
  5. VideoNewbie thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2009
    nevermind guys. the solution was very simple

    found this elsewhere

    Open the little menu in the Character Palette (little triangle, top right) and scroll down to "Reset Character", then try again."

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