If you’re working in Photoshop and your text looks like that, you’re probably thinking you wasted a lot of money. Fear not! The fix is quick and easy.
If you’re using CS2 or CS4 (others are probably similar, but those are the only versions I have loaded), select the layer with the text and go to Layer > Type in the top toolbar. You’ll probably see this:
The “Anti-Alias None” setting is causing the text to appear pixelated and choppy. Anti-aliasing in this case is “the technique of minimizing the distortion artifacts known as aliasing when representing a high-resolution signal at a lower resolution.” By selecting one of the other Anti-Alias settings—sharp, crisp, strong, or smooth—your text will look much better.