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Text Anti-aliasing Method

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+1 to that, I just ran into problem. Hope this will get some attention rather sooner then later.

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Hello,

 I now worked way over 200 hours with AD, great Tool for UI Design. But one thing that really could be improved is the font rendering, especially for UI Design. Most of my Designs are for WPF Applications. It would be really great if the developers would improve the rendering. The fonts in AD just look very blury. I really would wish some presets. The "Curve-Tool" is in my opinion useless, I was not able to get any satisfying results.

 

See the attachment with the comparison of WPF Rendering, Photoshop and Affinity Designer.

 

Best regards

Nod

 

 

 

 

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I'm going to apply the same philosophy I have to other software jumps and I'm going to go "all in for an extended period." What I mean is that my Adobe subscription agreement is up next month and I'm going to cancel and just give AP a fair try. The anti alias feature is something that almost had me not doing this. It's such an integral part that's been around in designer's for years that I'm really surprised there's not just an easy toggle, especially on text. I hope this feature gets added soon as my limited experimenting has made me very intrigued with AP (I purchased right away). However, imo the handling of Anti Aliasing is going to be a feature that will be make or break for many (and I would love it to make). ;)

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The only reason I can see that Serif is NOT yet catering to users of Adobe apps as much as they should be (in terms of filling much needed feature requests that would enable the bulk of Adobe users to finally make the switch) is that Serif is juggling too many balls at once. They apparently are trying to kick out the equivalent of InDesign (a publishing app), and as we saw at WWDC, they've clearly spent a lot of time on iOS apps too. I think it's great they are trying to be a complete replacement for Adobe, and even exceeded Adobe in terms of being the first company to come out with a really decent iOS app -- seriously, Affinity Photo on iPad is shockingly good and doesn't foolishly dummy down the feature set like just about every other iOS app out there does. But at the same time, there are still many Adobe users on the fence waiting. Once Serif has committed itself to kicking out the feature requests of Adobe users in this forum, they will surely see a tsunami wave of switchers, happy to rid themselves of that hated Adobe subscription model once and for all. With that said, today's news said this...

 

"Adobe Systems Inc (ADBE.O) reported a profit that topped market expectations for the ninth straight quarter on strong subscriber growth..."

 

I simply cannot believe that growth includes "happy customers." I think it includes people who feel "there's no better option right now." Serif needs to continue to work hard on making its software "the better option." And for some people, it is right now.

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On 14.07.2015 at 9:18 AM, MattP said:

Let us know if that gives you enough control over your text rendering :)

 

Ability to turn off anti-aliasing for text is very important.

This is important for sharp text, small signatures, ui elements.

 

For example:
Upper text from Photoshop (without Anti-aliasing)
Bottom text from Affinity

Text_Antialiasing_zoom_100.png.db82295ec1593f62e49bf5e89617a1c6.png

 

 

 

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On 14.07.2015 at 9:18 AM, MattP said:

You can choose your own blend gamma and antialiasing ramp on a per-object basis by clicking the little cog icon in the Layers panel with your object selected. You should be able to get any effect you desire through there, but I appreciate it might be nice to have some presets available from a dropdown for the sake of ease of use?

 

Thanks! But i did not achieve a good result with Coverage Map.

You can try it yourself. The .afphoto file is attached: Text_Antialiasing.afphoto

 

Upper text from Photoshop (without Anti-aliasing)
Bottom text from Affinity

Text_Antialiasing_zoom_100.png.8dd88cd6988eba433ab75d1cd089b2fb.png

 

Upper font - Microsoft Sans Serif

Text_Antialiasing_zoom_380.png.415642db38bc2f557f318830efef5cc2.png

 

 

 

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12 hours ago, telemax said:

 

Thanks! But i did not achieve a good result with Coverage Map.

You can try it yourself. The .afphoto file is attached: Text_Antialiasing.afphoto

 

 

Toyed around for 15 mins or so, and could achieve nothing that was remotely acceptable!


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This is the best I can get using the Coverage Map.

Not sure if there are any other settings, elsewhere, that can improve it.

(Bottom text is Affinity)

 

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41 minutes ago, carl123 said:

This is the best I can get using the Coverage Map.

Not sure if there are any other settings, elsewhere, that can improve it.

(Bottom text is Affinity)

 

The non-antialiased text available in Photoshop and other apps is a particular rasterisation method for fonts which makes use of particular data in a font file which is there for that purpose. There's no way you'll be able to produce the same result by increasing the aliasing of the edges of the raster output of antialiasing font rendering methods  (except in contrived cases which would not be representative of the problem at hand).

 

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Yes, please add these. I've spent the last half hour trying to get something out the door that was perfect except for the way the fonts are rendering. Never got it satisfactory.

 

For anyone running into this when trying to save for use in browsers, try saving as an svg. That improved my images considerably.

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