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Anti-aliasing is a technique that removes jagged edges from shapes, which gives the appearance of a smooth edge.
If you are a gamer or had interactions with video games on your computer, you’ve likely come across something called anti-aliasing. It is a setting that smoothens out the snaggy graphics in a game, resolving the aliasing issue. These jagged graphics occur on monitors and other output devices with low resolution.
Pixilation on displays results to edges and lines, which appear jagged. Anti-aliasing reduces the visibility of the jaggies by going around the stair steps with intermediates shades of color, or gray for grayscaling devices. By adjusting the color of pixels, anti-aliasing makes them blend in, reducing the jagged experience. This process eliminates any jaggedness, though it comes at the cost of making pixels fuzzier than they were before anti-aliasing took effect. However, fuzzier images are better to look at than having to deal with pixelated ones.
Different types of anti-aliasing are available, and some are more effective than others in dealing with the aliasing issue depending on hardware capabilities. Here are all the available anti-aliasing options that you should know about:
While playing games, you might find yourself limited to two, one, or even none of these types of anti-aliasing. In most cases, you can enable them in your GPU drivers or download new ones with given types of anti-aliasing. However, with the advancement in monitor resolution and market leading GPUs, the need for anti-aliasing is reducing, and you probably won’t have to worry about it in the near future.
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