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July 11, 2013 10:14:37 AM

I want to make a high-res image, sized 256 x 256 pixels. (Small i know, but it must stay at these dimensions, there is a reason why it cannot be any bigger.)

I created a canvas in Photoshop, this size, but when i type on it the letters are incredibly pixelated. The resolution was at around 400px/inch.

The writing needs to be tiny, like you see in this picture.



Up close it looks terrible; i want this to be high-res.



Any ideas why this might be happening, and how to sort it out? Cheers. :) 
July 11, 2013 10:25:54 AM

Because your zoomed in 200% on a raster image... Do you know what the differences are in Vector and Raster images?

http://pc.net/helpcenter/answers/vector_and_raster_grap...

Here is a brief description. You can have a resolution of 500 dpi on an image. If it's raster based when you zoom in it will ALWAYS be blocky or pixelized.
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July 11, 2013 10:27:03 AM

The text is being stretched because you are making it bigger without scaling the pixels? Zooming into a 256x256 image without scaling the resolution.
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July 11, 2013 10:33:21 AM

I use the the Image/Resize & Resample tool in irfanview to change the scaling(increase resolution). I would imagine Photoshop has an equivalent tool
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July 11, 2013 10:34:06 AM

Dpi settings isn't going to make it high res. 256px is still 256px, you are still low res. A higher dpi settings just means they are smaller pixels. The difference is when printed or a physical object. A 256x256 image in 400dpi is .64 inches. 72dpi is 3.556 inches.
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