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Use the Terminal as a graphic typsetting tool Apps
As a web designer, I really appreciate how beautiful type looks when rendered in a browser in OS X. However, there are times when you want to create aliased text for use in web graphics. I used to use BBEdit for this, but oddly enough, the Terminal is an even better tool for this purpose.

To set type in the Terminal, open a terminal window and type a line of text without hitting return. Then click on the Terminal menu and select window settings to bring up the Terminal Inspector. Select Display in the Inspector pop-up menu. Turn anti-aliasing off if it's on. Then click the Set Font button to bring up the standard font panel.

Now you can change the font of the text you entered on the fly, and see the results immediately. You can even change the character spacing on the fly! Nice stuff.

Once you've got it the way you like, it take a screen shot (Command Shift 4) and then drag the resulting PDF from the desktop to your preferred image editor.
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How about TextEdit?
Authored by: iconcow on Feb 11, '03 11:39:38AM

Can't you just do that in TextEdit? Using TextEdit you can do exactly the same thing, but you can use multiple fonts/sizes/colours etc, and you can rearrange things at will. Did I miss something that makes the Terminal better?

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Re: How about TextEdit?
Authored by: pascalpp on Feb 11, '03 12:00:02PM

you can use TextEdit certainly. But TextEdit doesn't allow you to turn anti-aliasing on and off like the Terminal does, and for some reason the font panel in TextEdit doesn't include the character spacing sliders that the Terminal does.

if you want to set multiple lines of type, you can open a command line text editor such as pico.

That said, I just noticed that Photoshop 7 has the ability to set aliased type (as well as anti-aliased) by setting the font smoothing to None. But if you don't own Photoshop, the Terminal is a decent alternative for this purpose.

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For screenshots...
Authored by: kconboy on Feb 11, '03 07:12:37PM

You can also simply hit Control while your screenshot crosshairs are up.. this allows you to simply copy the resulting shot into the clipboard instead of having it clutter up your desktop with another file, plus it makes pasting into Photoshop that much easier.

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Authored by: heggaton on Feb 12, '03 10:20:09PM

The paint tool of choice for designers being Adobe Photoshop has an option to turn off anti-alising by selecting "None" from the drop-down box with the two 'aa' (or via menu - Layer -> type -> Anti-Ailising...). other options are "crisp", "strong" and "smooth".

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OS X Web Typography Made Easy
Authored by: JDW on Feb 12, '03 10:52:16PM

Just plain silly! Why is it that most Mac-using web designers overlook the best OS X native tool out there to assist in their efforts?

Have a look here, and let the web design revolution begin:

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