Why Is My Font Pixelated in Photoshop

Corrupt Typeface

  • Free font software may yield an unsatisfactory result because it has corrupt typeface. Even a commercial typeface can fall prey to file corruption. Try a different typeface, or even a different style of the same typeface family. If your problem goes away, shut down Photoshop, look for a fresh copy of your problem typeface and reinstall it.

Small Type, Low Resolution

  • Even beautiful type doesn't look good at small sizes in a low-resolution Adobe Photoshop document. Check your file dimensions and pixels-per-inch setting. If typographic clarity is important -- and lacking -- consider upping the resolution of your file or enlarging your type to a more readable size. On the other hand, if your file is destined for website use, your type problems signal that your design may not be a good fit for its intended purpose.

Rasterized Type

  • If you applied any of Adobe Photoshop's filters to your type, you transformed it from live and editable to rasterized, and that's the point at which the pixelated look appeared. You'll need to step back through your Photoshop history to a point before you filtered your type or revert your file if you run out of history steps before you regain your editable type. In the future, consider duplicating a type layer before you rasterize it, to give yourself a fall-back position.

Special-Effect Typeface

  • If your typeface looks pixelated, you may be using type designed to produce that effect. Some novelty or stylized typefaces duplicate the jaggy, bitmapped look of the screen prompts from a computing era before the introduction of graphical user interfaces. If that's the look you want, then Adobe Photoshop's type display simply reflects the style you chose. If you prefer something smooth and anti-aliased, change to a typeface that's a better match for your intentions.

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