I want to be able to create a anti-aliasing effect as shown in windows command prompt with any text or vector I'd like without having to screenshot it within the program. How could I go about doing this?


  • Vector or bitmap result? With a bitmap result, you will get a "fake" antialiasing, because the image won't 'know' how the pixels are aligned on a user's screen. With a vector image, you either don't have to do anything (as the local vector renderer will take care of it) or you get a fake result as well.
    – Jongware
    Nov 12 '18 at 23:45
  • Do you want to recreate it pixel art style super big as shown?
    – user129362
    Nov 12 '18 at 23:53

In Illustrator, using the free LomoCopy LT Std Midi font:


Over a black background type the text and use the Appearance Panel to add a light fill color with a lighten blend option:

enter image description here

Duplicate this fill, change the color and from the menu Effect → Distort Transform → Transform → move it horizontally to the left:

horizontally left

Duplicate this second fill, change the color and double click Transform → move it horizontally to the right:

horizontally right

Click each Fill Opacity at the Appearance Panel to change the blending modes and obtain different color effects.



  • Editing this to include how bending modes varied and were changed would be helpful.
    – Scott
    May 10 '19 at 12:27
  • I added a generic way of how to change blending modes since it would be different for each color and background, feel free to edit it.
    – user120647
    May 10 '19 at 12:35

Not a result exactly like your example but you could do like this in Illustrator:

  1. Type text in 120pt size (white) over a black background.
  2. Add a shadow from the Effects options with positive x-offset (2mm). Set Y-offset and blur to 0. Set the color to red and opacity 75%.
  3. In the appearance panel, copy the shadow and edit x-offset to negative(-2mm). Set the color to blue and opacity 75%.
  4. Add Rasterize from the Effects options. In this example I used 12ppi resolution with transparent background and no antialising.

enter image description here Sorry for the swedish text in the UI, but I hope you can figure it out anyway.

Now the result can be a bit unpredictable with shadow not appearing on some letters so one need to tweek and experiment.

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