What is your preferred font smoothing setting?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by TheSpaz, Aug 25, 2009.

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What is your preferred font smoothing style?

  1. Standard - best for CRT

    1 vote(s)
    8.3%
  2. Light

    7 vote(s)
    58.3%
  3. Medium - best for flat panel

    4 vote(s)
    33.3%
  4. Strong

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. TheSpaz macrumors 604

    TheSpaz

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    #1
    If you go into System Preferences>Appearance>Font Smoothing Style, You'll see a drop down menu with different choices. I think the best looking font smoothing type is "Standard - best for CRT". I've tried all the other styles and they don't look good to me. I think the other styles look too sharp, too bold and I don't like colored pixels around the edge of my text.

    By the way, in Snow Leopard, there's only 2 options now. It's just a checkbox that says:

    [ ] LCD Font Smoothing

    When checked, it acts like "Medium - best for flat panel" and when unchecked it acts like "Standard - best for CRT"

    What is your favorite font smoothing style?

    Note: For changes to take effect, you have to quit and relaunch your apps to see the difference.
     
  2. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604

    TheSpaz

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    #2
    By the way... here's why I like the CRT setting:

    Standard - best for CRT:
    [​IMG]


    Medium - Best for flat panel
    [​IMG]






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  3. MadGoat macrumors 65816

    MadGoat

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    Location:
    Canada
    #3
    umm, Setting 4 with Use LCD font smoothing when available checked
     
  4. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604

    TheSpaz

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    #4
    You don't think that text looks bad in my sample #2?
     
  5. Robert Johnson macrumors newbie

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    Aug 28, 2009
    #5
    The LCD (subpixel) font rendering is designed for dark glyphs on a light background.

    If you want to read a lot of light text on dark, especially in dark themes or inverse video or for accessibility, choosing "Light" will do less damage while keeping the subpixel rendering.

    Otherwise you can go back to "Standard" (non subpixel) rendering, which definitely gives a more delicate, lightweight look to your light-on-dark text.
     

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