I have a light-gray letters on black background. The letters look kinda "unstable" - a portion of it might look a little brighter then the other one (the letters are pretty small in size).
On some other forum I've seen a post where a guy was showing his new site, and replies were about the antialiasing of the letters. Back then I didn't understand what they ment, but now I think it's what I have to think about.
Please let me know what you think. And how can I fix the problem.
On almost every drawing application aa'ing is done for you automatically. If you are using paint then you should defintetely try the trials of other programs and buy them.
Anti-aliasing is the process of putting intermediate colors in between two objects. For example, I had a black circle on a green background. On the edge of the circle, the colors would go greener until theu got to black. It looks much smoother that way.
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As soon as I finish this stupid page of mine I'll post it here, but for now: can you think of anything else as a reason why I have such a strange effect with the letters as described above?
If you want crisp text in small font (eg, 8-10 points) don't use anti-aliasing. It will make the small text blured. As long as the font you use is fairly standard with reasonable size (8-15 points in san-serif or serif types) you can go without anti-aliasing. But if you use some script type fonts or italic fonts then anti-aliasing would smooth out the jagged lines. Another point is that the contrast between the two colours, if the contrast is too high (eg. black and white) anti-aliasing will create a bleeding edge, try lowering the contrast between the two colours, eg using a 50-70% gray tone on a white background.
hmm, too much mumbling...
No, not too much. Thanx for the answer.
The only problem is that I don't know how to turn antialiasing on and off.
I'm using Flash 4 and there are different View modes including intialiasing and intialiasing letters. But I think it doesn't really change the final outcome of the page.