png of ticket attachedI'm trying to create an email header with a ticket design on it. The ticket has small text on it which always seems to be pixellated, especially when I rotate it. no matter what I seem to set resolution to, (the 100% size is 600px) I can't write clear, but very small text. What am I doing wrong please?

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    What program are you using? Mar 19, 2019 at 11:48
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  • Hi - am trying it in Illustrator CC - and Photoshop too for good measure!
    – tim
    Mar 19, 2019 at 18:48
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    How about you attach this header so we can see what 'pixelated' means. Normally, AI and PS can handle small smooth text, so you're likely not ticking the right checkboxes.
    – Lucian
    Mar 19, 2019 at 19:07
  • hi - ok - I think I've done that... (sorry, new to this!)
    – tim
    Mar 19, 2019 at 19:30

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Design your email header @2x then scale it 50% in the html.

I assume you mean 600px width is the target size for the image in the email, so make your photoshop document 1200px width, then when you reference the image in html set "width=600" in the img tag.

This is common practice for making images appear sharper as rendered into HTML. It was called "designing for retina" when sharper, higher resolution displays started to become standard. https://designmodo.com/design-retina-displays/

You will often see the @2x in the filename, like this:

[email protected]

… which indicates it should be set at 1/2 size (400x300) in the HTML or CSS.

  • @tim accept my answer? … give it the green check. :) Mar 22, 2019 at 20:15

Photoshop is not good at rotating text so for a better result you can try rasterizing all text before rotating.

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    Yes, this makes sense - I've converted fonts to outline in Illustrator and I that's improved the rotation. thanks!
    – tim
    Mar 20, 2019 at 9:48

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