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I've seen several recommendations of using T1 encoding \usepackage[T1]{fontenc}, so I did. But I did notice a difference in font rendering, and it's not prettier.

Old OT1: OT1

T1 encoding: T1

I know the difference seems subtle, but it's there.

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closed as off topic by lockstep, Joseph Wright Mar 3 '12 at 22:23

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Do you have a full set of fonts installed? – Joseph Wright Jan 24 '12 at 20:30
@JosephWright: I have no Idea. – Ayman Elmasry Jan 24 '12 at 20:32
What does pdffonts file.pdf say? Are there any type-3 fonts involved? – monniaux Jan 24 '12 at 21:02
would \usepackage{lmodern} be the wrong thing to say here? – Canageek Jan 24 '12 at 23:01