Text quality when adding questions hints
Apr 11, 2011
I started with Dave Moxon's excellent suggestion to use the Zoom tool to provide hints inside quiz questions. (Adding question hints in Quizmaker '09)
Getting this to work is easy, but I have been struggling to achieve a good text quality.
The simplest approach is to create a text box in PPT, and then use Save as Picture to save this as a .jpg graphic. However, PPT has a mind of its own, and applies a certain amount of compression, resulting in poor quality. You can see the compression artifacts as fuzzy surroundings here: (All the following pictures are screen clips from QM preview mode)
I then moved to a heavy-weight graphics program, Corel Photo-Paint, and after a bit of fiddling I achieved a fairly good graphic as follows: (Looks bolder than the PPT, but this is a better rendering of the actual font)
So far, so good! I then applied Zoom Picture as described by Dave... But look at the degradation in quality in the result:
This fuzziness is not in the original graphic, and does not show when Zoom Picture is not used. So is the Zoom function at fault?
A little more experimenting showed that the problem appears to be the border: I used QM's Format tool to apply a 1 pixel border as you can see above, to make the hint overlay distinct from the slide content. But this appears to be the problem: Remove the border, and the quality reverts back to match the un-Zoomed image as follows:
However, I lost the neat border.
(1) Can anyone suggest a quicker way to produce a fairly large number of text-to-graphic objects?
(2) How can I include a border without triggering the above problem?
BTW: Zoom Picture does not work on a QM-inserted Shape or Text Box.
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