by Julieanne Kost

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August 5, 2014

In order to render type in Photoshop which will match the operating system, Photoshop CC introduced new anti-aliasing options. Selecting the Type tool and choosing the font matching option (MAC or MAC LCD on Macintosh, Windows or Windows LCD on Windows) from the Options bar (or the application menu: Type > Anti-Alias), enables text rendered in Photoshop to look the same as the browsers on their respective operating systems. However, selecting these options does give up fonts looking the same cross platform, so don’t use the system font matching options if you’re doing print work and want cross platform compatibility.
In addition, Photoshop CC does sub pixel rendering on the system and the gamma value for text is automatically set for new system options.


  • By max rockbin - 8:34 AM on August 5, 2014  

    A little confusing: Do you mean the text in Photoshop will render using the OS built in sub-pixel anti-aliasing if you opt the “font matching” option?

    Your post says it will look the same as browsers on the respective OS’s. But Chrome, Firefox, IE (used by most of the world still), render fonts differently, so I”m not sure what that would mean.

  • By Shane H. - 7:53 AM on August 6, 2014  

    I’ve been waiting for this for years, but it doesn’t seem to be working on my system, at least as I understand it.

    I uploaded a test here:

    Notice the blue and red pixels in the Word and IE examples. These are not present in the “Windows” or “Windows LCD” examples in Photoshop CC 2014.

    Am I missing something?

    Fyi, I am running Photoshop CC 2014 on Windows 7 Pro SP1 (64-bit).

  • By David Mohr - 10:53 AM on August 6, 2014  

    Photoshop is approximating the OS’s rendering, not actually using it. That’s shooting at a quickly moving target…with a blindfold on!