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I have been designing the UI for a financial application. I'd usually do high-fidelity mockups using Photoshop and send them to the developers. What I have noticed is that the text in the actual product looks different from my mockups, but they are in fact the same font. The left image is the high-fi mockup, using Arial. The right image is the actual product, also in Arial. I tried all the different anti-aliasing options, but none gets me close to the image on the right. Can someone explain to me why this is happening?

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I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this question. If not, can someone please direct me to an appropriate source? Thank you!

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closed as off-topic by Ben Brocka Sep 6 '13 at 10:37

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  • "Questions about Implementation are off-topic because this site is for User Experience design questions, not questions around how to implement these designs. Therefore, questions around the use of programs like Photoshop or languages such as CSS or JavaScript are off topic." – Ben Brocka
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This should probably be moved to Graphic Design. – Joshua Barron Sep 5 '13 at 18:41
It strikes me as more of a programming question, related to the specific tools and environment used to create the app. That information would be needed to answer it adequately. – dan1111 Sep 5 '13 at 18:42
Assuming you don't have bold selected on one and not the other. I would guess that photshop version is using a different dpi then the product. Presumably photoshop is rounding up on pixels while your product is stable or rounding down. – James Jenkins Sep 5 '13 at 19:23
James Jenkins should add your comment as a answer – Emerson Rocha Luiz Sep 5 '13 at 20:24
I've closed this without migrating it as it's a graphic design concern and it's already been asked over on Graphic design (where it was closed as there's already a question with answers for this issue):… – Ben Brocka Sep 6 '13 at 10:38

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