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MS Paint Blurry Text

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When I create a text box using MS Paint, save it as a gif or jpg file, and then print it, the resulting text is always a bit blurry. I've tried resizing the text box, using different fonts and font sizes, different colors, and turning bold on and off. None of those steps produces a clean, crisp word. There is always a blurred effect.

Can this be corrected?

One note ... I can't use any program other than ms paint for this (actually I can but I want to find out if there is a way to correct this in paint itself)

If you insert the attached jpg into a word document or simply print it, you will see what I mean. When inserted into a word doc, you can barely see little gray dots surrounding the text. I'm sure that's what causes the blurriness. Disregard the font names that are associated with each line of text. They aren't necessarily correct. Sample Blurry JPEG
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by:jimsweb
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Please try to save it as .BMP (16 bit or 256 biT) ..?
When you save image as .jpeg or PNG from paint, the image usually gets compressed.
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by:jimsweb
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Please try to save it as .BMP (16 bit or 256 biT) ..
When you save image as .jpeg or PNG from paint, the image usually gets compressed.
And this is the reason why you have  a blurred image. In BMP this issue wont happen, i guess.
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by:cbridgman
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Attached are the results when saving as 16bit, 256bit, and 24bit bmps. They are better but you can still see dots when you insert them in a document and print the doc. Can these be improved? 16 bit 24 bit 256 bit
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by:conagraman
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you shouldnt need to save it as anything. just cut/copy in paint then paste it into word.  

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The basic problem is that I have to embed the image into a report that I have developed in BIRT / Eclipse and the image must be jpg, gif, or bmp. I just need to find out if there is a way to have the text in the image appear like text everywhere else .... without any blurriness.

Any ideas would be appreciated.
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well i would say that you should be able to use any of those file types.
i suspect the reason it is blurry is because you have to resize the image in your doc.
if you resize an image the only way you should go is smaller if you have to resize bigger or stretch it you will get distortion. try making your text in paint in a larger font then save it.
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Birt / Eclipse may be doing some resizing itself but I don't resize it. I have inserted it into word without doing any resizing at all and the results are the same ... the text in the image becomes blurry.

Any other ideas?
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i think that the best quality will be from cutting and pasting into word. you might have a hard time getting much better than that.  
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Unfortunately, that is not an option. As I mentioned, I need to insert the image into a report developed in Birt / Eclipse and I can't cut and paste, I can only insert an image into this particular location. I am only using MS Word as a testing ground.
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ok well if it must be a gif jpg or bmp.
Gif would be your best choice in this case.  
-because your using less than 256 colors.
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So what you are saying is that if I must insert a file and not copy / paste that I just need to accept the fact that the text is blurry? That there is no way to create a gif, jpg, or bmp file that shows text as crisply as it shows normally? I have tried all of the different file types and they all produce a blurry product.

Is this because MS paint does a bad job with text? Are there other products that might produce a better end result?
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by:conagraman
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i don't think it is ms paint that is causing the image to be blurry.
it is likely the other program that is not rendering it properly causing the distortion.
you would likely receive the same result even if you were using a $1000 program rather then paint.  
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by:conagraman
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to give a little more explanation-
when you save a picture with less than 256 colors to a gif file format it is as close to a "lossless" representation as you can get. meaning the image does not change.
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oh well. so much for that idea. After much ado, I was actually able to replace the image in the reporting tool that I am using with regular text and now all is good. I guess I won't be using image files for text anymore.

What do I do about accepting a solution on this one? None of the answers really helped me solve the problem but I don't want to make anyone angry. I appreciate everyone's explanations and attempts.
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sometimes the answer isnt what you want it to be. what ever you want to do is fine cbridgman no one will be angry  : )
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by:jimsweb
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It is not a place to be angry, i  think.
:) Just go ahead and put your comment as the best.
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by:cbridgman
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There does not appear to be a solution to this problem. Using picture files (e.g., gifs, jpegs, bmps) for text will never produce crisp text. It will always be slightly blurry.
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