The FrontEnd's font rendering in graphics is inconsistent under Windows (still using Win7). Sometimes small fonts are not antialiased, sometimes they are. See, for instance, the help page for DefaultLabelStyle, 2D is antialiased, 3D is not:

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Explicitly specifying the same font with LabelStyle does not fix it:

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Most annoying it becomes when using a legend in ListDensityPlot. The frameticks and labels on the plot are rendered differently from those on the legend. Only at large font sizes the FrontEnd starts antialiasing everything.

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Obviously, the RenderingOptions setting for the FrontEnd is not the issue, see this possibly related post. The problem is as least as old as 10.4 and still persists in 11.3 (all under Win7).

One thing I have loved about Mathematica since version 4 is the beautiful graphics I can produce, but this is a fly in the ointment.

P.S. The FrontEnd on my Raspberry Pi renders everything consistently.

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    $\begingroup$ Oh my.. nice question, but I'm not sure anyone except WRI can give you a solution for this :) $\endgroup$
    – halirutan
    Commented May 31, 2018 at 16:15

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I'm deleting this later if it leads to nothing, but I want to make some notes. First, and most obvious: I have the strong feeling that there are different fonts in the game. They look similar, but let me point out the differences. Here are two "1.0" from your last image



  • While the small, diagonal line of the first "1" is almost straight, it is slightly curved in the second 1
  • The zero is almost rectangular in the first image but much more oval in the second image

Please look very carefully at

  Table[Style["1.0", FontFamily -> f], {f, $FontFamilies}], 10, 
10, {1, 1}]]

Mathematica graphics

And then try to set one and the same font in the density plot and its legend. Can you manually fix the problem?

  • $\begingroup$ Somehow applying Magnify solves the problem (Windows 7 x64): screenshot. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 1, 2018 at 4:49
  • $\begingroup$ @Alex: Same "solution" if I use LabelStyle -> 18. $\endgroup$
    – Martin R
    Commented Jun 1, 2018 at 14:13
  • $\begingroup$ I don't think it is the font selection because if I add LabelStyle -> {FontSize -> 14, FontFamily -> "Times"} to both itmes form the DefaultLabelStyle example the issue remains. I added that to my question. $\endgroup$
    – Martin R
    Commented Jun 1, 2018 at 14:19

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