My problem started when I wanted to make a simple text logo in different dimensions. Not knowing any better I did this in Gimp and got bad results when resizing it. I sought help and people explained to me I was better off with vector editing software because I could make one design and resize, rotate, do whatever I want with it and it would still look good. However, they also said I could use raster editing software too if I created the image at 100%, the size it will be used.
So I went back to Gimp since I experienced something the night before that contradicted this statement.
Let’s say I want a 1200 x 800-pixel image with black background and ‘PAGELIFT’ centered in Montserrat bold, white, size 150. According to what I read and what people told me, this should be possible in Gimp or other raster-based software as long as you design it at 1200 x 800 and don’t scale/resize the text (layer).
However, if I follow those steps and export the image as a jpg or png and view the image on my MBP Retina at full size, I still see pixels in the letters ‘P’, ‘A’ and ‘G’. When I asked about this I was told ‘a computer monitor is made up of pixels and sharp lines follow those pixels creating jaggies’. To me, that’s like saying ‘your monitor is not detailed enough and can’t display it properly’.
I find it really hard to accept that answer since I created the same image at 3000 x 2000 pixels with font size 375 and when I open that in my preview app, it opens in the same window size as the 1200 x 800 one, obviously zoomed out this time, only this one is sharp from the same viewing distance. But that goes against everything I’ve been told…
So am I doing something wrong when designing it at 100% or have I been informed wrong and do I have to make the design X times bigger to get it sharp?
I hope someone understands what confuses me and can give me a clear explanation.
1200 x 800 screenshot, image at 100% (not sharp): https://www.dropbox.com/s/7va484jdohu6cf...0.png?dl=1
3000 x 2000 screenshot, image zoomed out (sharp): https://www.dropbox.com/s/xnc2f004nd5whx...0.png?dl=1