Which anti-aliasing settings should I use in Photoshop when designing for small print sizes


I'm designing a business card which contains quite a lot of information.

Some of the type is small. Is there a preffered text anti-aliasing setting when doing something like this? Currently my type is set to crisp.

If it makes any difference the typeface is Gotham Medium at 24px (300dpi)


12/6/2011 3:46:00 PM

Accepted Answer

Ignore the anti-aliasing. It's entirely irrelevant in this situation. When you're ready, save the PSD, then Save As a PDF. Uncheck the option to keep the file editable in Photoshop, or just use PDF/X-1a as your PDF type. Your text exports as vector information, not rasterized, so the various Photoshop settings don't apply.

Here are two bits of text inside Photoshop. The top is set to "Strong" and the bottom to "None."

Photoshop text in Photoshop

Now here is the same text, after saving as PDF/X-1a. I zoomed in even further, just to make the point:

Photoshop text in PDF

12/7/2011 2:24:00 AM

Antialiasing is a blurring effect, and for small type on business cards, you should avoid it at all costs. Typefaces should be output as vector, especially at small sizes. You comment that you have no proficiency with InDesign. If you have the program, use it.

Now is the ime to learn it, and a business card is the perfect small project. You can do the majority of the image work in PS, place it in InDesign, and then set the type.