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creating fliers Jeremiah Benham 25 Jun 17:55
  creating fliers Carol Spears 25 Jun 18:45
  creating fliers John Culleton 25 Jun 18:54
Jeremiah Benham
2002-06-25 17:55:36 UTC (over 18 years ago)

creating fliers

I was trying to create a flier in gimp. The problem I have is that the fonts look kind of fuzzt. I set the dpi when creating a new document to 600 and it still looks very fuzzy. Is there anything you would suggest. Is setting the dpi not enough? I read online that this guy took his image size and muliplied it by 600 to get to look better. If I do that though my image size estimation is about 700MB. Programs like star office and latex are producing small fonts fine without the blurryness. What am I doing wrong? Am I using gimp for the wrong thing. If so what program would you suggest for creating fliers? Sdraw? Latex? Some of the features in gimp seem invaluable for what I am trying to do.

Thanks
Jeremiah

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Carol Spears
2002-06-25 18:45:26 UTC (over 18 years ago)

creating fliers

first of all, i imagine that you are using the default text tool. don't do that. double click on the T button and select DynamicText or download and install the gimp-freetype plug-in. in fact, skip dynamic text for this sort of high res application and go right for freetype.

if freetype.gimp.org is still down, i think you can find a version at ftp://ftp.gimp.org somewhere.

the default text tool renders anti-aliased fonts by drawing them 3 times bigger than requested and then rescaling them. freetype renders beautiful fonts a different and must be better way.

carol

On 2002-06-25 at 0855.36 -0700, Jeremiah Benham typed this mail:

I was trying to create a flier in gimp. The problem I have is that the fonts look kind of fuzzt. I set the dpi when creating a new document to 600 and it still looks very fuzzy. Is there anything you would suggest. Is setting the dpi not enough? I read online that this guy took his image size and muliplied it by 600 to get to look better. If I do that though my image size estimation is about 700MB. Programs like star office and latex are producing small fonts fine without the blurryness. What am I doing wrong? Am I using gimp for the wrong thing. If so what program would you suggest for creating fliers? Sdraw? Latex? Some of the features in gimp seem invaluable for what I am trying to do.

Thanks
Jeremiah

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John Culleton
2002-06-25 18:54:56 UTC (over 18 years ago)

creating fliers

On Tuesday 25 June 2002 11:55 am, Jeremiah Benham wrote:

I was trying to create a flier in gimp. The problem I have is that the fonts look kind of fuzzt. I set the dpi when creating a new document to 600 and it still looks very fuzzy. Is there anything you would suggest. Is setting the dpi not enough? I read online that this guy took his image size and muliplied it by 600 to get to look better. If I do that though my image size estimation is about 700MB. Programs like star office and latex are producing small fonts fine without the blurryness. What am I doing wrong? Am I using gimp for the wrong thing. If so what program would you suggest for creating fliers? Sdraw? Latex? Some of the features in gimp seem invaluable for what I am trying to do.

Thanks
Jeremiah

Here is what I do. I set my string of text in Plain tex, at about the size I want it to be. (laTeX just gets in the way for this application.) I create a ps file at 600 DPI.
I load this into Gimp, making sure to set precision at 600 dpi as I import it. I make sure that if I copy this text to another document in Gimp that it is also set up at 600 dpi.

Then after all my Gimping I save the final document at the appropriate size and density (600 dpi.)

The trick is to not let Gimp revert to 72 dpi at any point.

The Gimp fonts are OK but sometimes you can't make them big enough without losing precision.

John C.

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