In this post I’m going to show you some of the tools that I use in my workflow when working with type in Photoshop.


The elephant in the room seems to be as good of a place as any to start this post. In previous versions of Photoshop (pre-CS6) selecting the type of anti-aliasing method to use came down to choosing the best from a bad bunch really. However, a few months ago Adobe introduced two new OS-native options in the anti-aliasing settings in Photoshop: “Mac” and “Mac LCD”. These options aim to replicate the system anti-aliasing for fonts: “Mac” replicating OS X’s greyscale font smoothing and “Mac LCD” its sub-pixel font smoothing.For web designers, the CSS equivalent to “Mac” would be:

  -webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased

and the equivalent of “Mac LCD”:

  -webkit-font-smoothing: subpixel-antialiased

As iOS uses greyscale anti-aliasing for all of its type rendering, you should use the “Mac” anti-aliasing method in Photoshop when designing for iOS devices.

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