Hi everyone! Brittany here with a quick Photoshop lesson. This is something I remember learning early on in my designing days and it was such a lightbulb moment!
Now, you may not recognize the name, but you’ve probably noticed it. Something is ‘anti-aliased’ when the jagged edges are smoothed – this usually applies to type, but it can apply to images too. You’ll see what I mean in the image below.
It’s most noticeable on the curves, but you can even tell in the straight lines of the ‘H’ and ‘L’ that the anti-aliased one is slightly smoother. The text tool in Photoshop is usually set to anti-alias all text, but it does sometimes get turned off. Photoshop has a number of settings like strong, smooth, crisp, and sharp. Any of them work, but if you ever notice your text looking a little strange (usually on smaller sizes), you can play around with the settings to see if another one works better.
Hope this helps! I’ll be sharing more great Photoshop tips in my seminar, Photoshop for Bloggers. If you have any other design questions, let me know in the comments!