I Can See Clearly Now

And no, this has nothing to do with my winetasting jaunt through Napa Valley on Saturday. This is a tip for those of you running After Effects 7.0 on Windows XP.

AE7 uses the ClearType technology found in WinXP to smooth the appearance of fonts in it’s User Interface. Here’s how to make sure you have ClearType enabled:

1) Right-mouse-click anywhere on your desktop and select “Properties”. The Display Properties dialog appears.

2) Click on the “Appearance” tab and then click on the “Effects” button. (screencap below)

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3) In the second pulldown menu from the top, select “ClearType”, and click OK.

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This’ll keep the AE UI smooth, smooth smooth, regardless of the “After Effects of Weekend Hijinks”. Oh that’s just sad.