How to prevent font blurring when scaling an image down
I'm creating a logo for a Youtube channel and it's a text logo. Youtube suggests you upload the logo at 800x800, so that's what I've been designing at in GIMP and it looks fine:
However, the actual channel logo (as seen at the bottom of the video) is 98x98. Obviously, Youtube scales it down as needed and I figured I would scale the image down just to see what it would look like when displayed at 98x98. And this is where the issue begins. I designed the logo to utilize a Light variant of the Quicksand font (AEVES), which contrasts with the thicker font below it (TECH).
The issue is in that. When I scale down the image to 98x98, the letters start becoming somewhat fuzzy (someone described them as looking like they're wearing a wool sweater):
Does this second image (at 98x98) look acceptable? Or, if not, how can I get the text to scale down to 98x98 without becoming fuzzy?
Pass #1 "Get it approximately right" -- Align as many edges of each character as you can to a 4-pixel grid before you resize.
- If you're pressed for time, the most important edges are the outermost edges of each character, and the horizontal internal edges.
- Shrink, (I used bilinear interpolation), down to 98x98px to check which edges are still blurry:
- Pass #2 "Get it exactly right" -- Undo the shrink (or just cancel the preview), adjust the blurry edges up/right/left/down as appropriate, reshrink to 98px. Repeat until satisfied, and save:
- If you also want a 400px version which comes out crisply when you let the browser shrink it to 98px, then undo your last shrink, and save.