Desperate for help resizing text

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Hi Our developers use insanely tiny fonts in acres of white space. While this looks marginally acceptable on a large monitor, by the time I have reduced it to a maximum of 600 pixels, it looks dreadful everywhere - especially PDFs.
I have tried making a screen capture, erasing the tiny text and adding my own larger text. I have some limited success with that, but only if it is a very simple image - see the top image in the attached pic. Most of my images are more like the bottom part of the attached image. I have neither the time nor the space to start replacing gobs of text like that. Those are actual size, BTW. When compared to my smallest font (8 pt) 8 point still towers over most of their text. I don't think most of it can be any more than 2 or 3 points

Were I being truly fair, I could say that the developers don't have the room to put bigger text (see pic again). But I don't feel like being fair - it's pretty clear that nobody knows anything about effective GUI design, and obviously nobody cares. But they are my docs circulating the world looking like poo.

And as soon as I start manipulating the flattened image, even the simple text too turns fuzzy and dreadful. I can't even get true black text - it's all shades of washed-out grey. I have tried resizing the image in SnagIt to the size I will use in the doc, then adding my larger text, but it doesn't help. I still get the fuzzy.

Yeah - I keep asking the developers to create larger text, but realistically it isn't going to happen soon. I just don't know what to do. I honestly don't know if there is anything I can do.
Any ideas please?
Thanks
Phil
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Joe Morgan

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You cannot win the game by simply re-scaling images.
You need a different approach.

The application these developers are creating these image in.
Do you have access to the it?

Heres the deal, the application should have a means to change the scale of the images/drawings.

I used a 2560 x 1440 monitor to create a demonstration.
Here I am in PowerPoint. The Slide is at 100% resolution/size "No re-scaling applied"

The fonts and numbers are relatively small. Its 1200 pixels wide.



I rescaled it to 48%. That was just enough to get to that 600 pixel threshold you mentioned you're using.
Then, I captured it with SnagIt.



Odds are, the application they used can rescale the image with clarity. The fonts might become to small to read easily.But they shouldn't be blurry.
Heres the image I captured. Click image to enlarge.



I could give you lots of reasons why re-scaling images won't work.
But a solution is more important.

Let us know if this works.

If not, It might require a different approach.I might have one?

Regards,Joe

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Hi
Thank you very much for your reply.
I don't know what they use for software development, but the likelihood of them allowing me access is between nil and none.
I happen to have some PowerPoint slides with some typical images, so I opened one up. It opened at 67 percent zoom and I could hardly see it. So I reset the zoom to 100 percent - meaning I may have already messed it up.

I grabbed a shot of the slide with the PowerPoint formatting panel. It looks like some rescaling has been going on. Maybe that was caused my my messing with the zoom. Does this give you anything useful please?
Thanks
Phil
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I don't believe you indicated what version of SnagIt you are using, but recent versions offer OCR. I used your image and it seems to do a fair job of understanding the text.

In the SnagIt editor, use the selection tool to surround some text, right-click and choose Edit Text.

Wondering if you have considered this approach?
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Oh, and if your version of SnagIt doesn't seem to offer this, it might be worth downloading the free evaluation of 2020 and giving it a try.