I just purchased this font and I seemed to notice it looks very different to one of the samples they provide. I did a side by side comparison of their sample and me entering the text on photoshop and I think the difference is quite strong. I have gone through the text rendering options on photoshop and neither come close to what I'm seeing in the sample.

Here's the comparison: (font sample above, my text below.)

Font sample above, my text below.

What would you guys suggest I do to get as close a match as the one in the sample?

  • Just so it's clear, you're comparing live text in Photoshop to an Image on the web, correct? It's not live HTML text on the web is it?
    – Scott
    Dec 27, 2017 at 21:24
  • What is the name of the typeface? Also, does it have optical sizes? It looks like the upper sample is text or caption, and your rendering is subheader or display.
    – Pepe Ochoa
    Dec 28, 2017 at 0:50
  • To elaborate and support Scott's comment: I think your type sample is rendered at a different resolution. The image is probably rendered at maybe 2 to 4 times the size and then downsampled to the size in the image, and you are probably setting the type to match the image. This just means that pixel-alignment error has a bigger impact. "Render larger and then downsample" is, essentially, 2x anti-alaising.
    – Yorik
    Dec 28, 2017 at 18:04
  • @Scott, yes it's live text on photoshop to an image on the web.
    – dkg
    Dec 28, 2017 at 22:19
  • @PepeOchoa Surveyor by Hoefler
    – dkg
    Dec 28, 2017 at 22:19

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Is your kerning set to Optical? If so, I would suggest setting it to 0 or Metrics.

Otherwise, I would probably have to increase the tracking until they look alike.

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  • Thanks for the answer. I think I might not have been clear enough about the differences between both texts. The one on top seems smoother and even slightly bolder with very uniform stroke sizes. While the one on the bottom looks much more jagged and there's a higher contrast between strokes.
    – dkg
    Dec 27, 2017 at 20:31
  • Ah yes. My first inclination was the anti-aliasing mode ("Smooth" in the screenshot above), but you had mentioned that was something you tried. I will say that the top text is definitely a gray color while the bottom text is black, and that may well be throwing off comparisons of boldness/contrast. The stroke jaggedness is likely due to compression artifacting if the top text is pulled from the web.
    – Nick Combs
    Dec 28, 2017 at 18:57

I found that using the "Text" version of the font, and downsampling it, I could get a much more accurate representation of the text:

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Thanks everyone!

  • Precisely, Surveyor have at least 3 optical sizes and ScreenSmart and Office versions.
    – Pepe Ochoa
    Dec 28, 2017 at 22:41

Let's look your rows closer and adjusted to same greyscale:

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Tracking and kerning has been discussed in another answer, but there's one pixel differences in rasterizing. Possible reasons:

  • in Photoshop there are anti-aliasing options which give radically different results in low resolution
  • rasterized in different software (some software can allow subpixel placement in the pixel grid and use different rasterization algorithm)
  • low resolution rasterizing use hinting and that can theoretically be different in different formats of the same font
  • fonts are developed - is the version exactly same?

Here's a random screenshot in Photoshop. Two texts use different antialiasing methods, otherwise they are same.

enter image description here

I do not believe you get exactly the same result as the sample in resolution this low if they are rasterized in different software.

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