Anti-Aliasing - Manual VS AutomaticWhat is this mysterious "AA" thing that people talk about? Is it good, or bad or in-between and how do we use it to our advantage in Pixel Art?Anti-Aliasing - Manual VS Automatic by ClefairyKid
Firstly, AA = Anti Aliasing. Looking up aliasing and anti-aliasing on Wikipedia brings up a fairly confusing explanation, so instead of trying to get overly technical, I'll explain for you what my current understanding of AA is. Please note this is not "THE" official and only way of doing it or explaining it, and that I'm still learning about these things just like everyone else. This article is aimed at helping everyone access the conceptual idea of what AA is all about, and how to start using it themselves.
Basically, I would describe AA as;
"The extra "in between" colour pixels placed between steps in pixel lines/edges that create the illusion of a smooth curve (even though pixels are square)."
What makes this a lacking description is that it's very hard to explain what I mean by the "steps" in a pixel line or edge, and
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