Join Mordy Golding for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating crisp readable text for the web, part of Illustrator CS5 New Features.
Illustrator CS5 has a great feature that allows you to automatically have…artwork snap to the pixel grid to avoid ugly anti-aliasing artifacts.…For example, if I kind of zoom in on these tags over here, they may look nice…and clean in my artwork right now.…But I were to adjust my View to turn on the Pixel Preview, I can see that those…paths are kind of fuzzy.…They're not clean and sharp the way that I want them to be.…So, I can select these tabs right here, access my Transform panel right here…from the Control panel and turn on the Align to Pixel Grid settings.…
Notice now the artwork looks much cleaner and has the appearance I'm looking for.…However, when it comes to working with text, there really isn't a…one-click solution.…You can't really snap text to a pixel grid because there are more…variables involved.…For example, the point size that you specify, the font that you use, all have an…impact on how that artwork is going to look when it gets anti-aliased.…So, to get complete control over how your text appears on the Web, you can…
- Creating complex art from basic shapes with the Shape Builder tool
- Transforming flat artwork using perspective grids and vanishing points
- Creating variable-width strokes
- Controlling dashed line length, corners, and gaps
- Creating original brushes using the Brushes panel
- Adding arrowheads to strokes
- Creating web-ready graphics, text, and slices
- Integrating with Flash Catalyst
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: In the “Mapping flat artwork to perspective grids” video, directions for moving a box in a perpendicular direction say to use the Tilde key. However, upon attempting to move the box using this method, the box continues to move in the same plane, not in a perpendicular fashion. Is the technique in the video incorrect?
A: Adobe changed this keyboard shortcut just before the final release. The shortcut is the "5" key. The video tutorial has been updated to reflect this.