Sometimes when I’m using MSPaint, it becomes necessary to make texts that are super small. Unfortunately there’s a limit to how small you can make text with pixels.

And what’s worse is that the letter “M” is one of those few letters that takes up the most space!

if you’re ever interested in making small letters, here’s a little guide I made up.

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The B, E, M, S, and Z are by far the most annoying because they require the greatest amount of space… but really it’s the E, being as common as it is, that is the worst of the bunch. For whatever reason, I find letter construction to be absolutely fastinating.

6 thoughts on “Pixelation!

  • 3/3/2006 at 10:46 am

    Typesetters (back when typewriters were in vogue, and home computers were fantasy) used the capital M as a unit of measure, since it was the largest character there was. Funny how it carries over into MS Paint. The alphabet is timeless.

  • 3/4/2006 at 2:47 am

    starting as a kid, i’d analyze how large all of the letters were with the tiles in the shower. i was fascinated. i’d create letters, numbers, and then patterns. i’ve seen all of this before.

    another perk to taking showers in the dark, which i do now, is that my brain doesn’t start overanalyzing shower tiles. it’s a lot more relaxing.

  • 3/6/2006 at 12:27 pm

    Fun Fact: Because M takes up so much space, old timey typesetters (and now supersweet web designers) use it as a unit of measurement. The unit EM is the width of the capital M!


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