Photoshop: Text and shape layers with same opacity, fill, blending and color render with different brightness

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I discovered an issue with Photoshop where a font layer renders with different brightness compared to its rasterized form or e.g. a pixel or shape layer with same opacity, fill, blend mode and color.

More information about it can be found at stackexchange where I initially asked for advise:

As it turned out it seems to occur only with RGB 8bit and 16bit color modes.

So I wonder whether this is a known issue or if there is a workaround available?
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Chris Cox

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Not a bug - it's because text is blended using a different gamma in order to make the antialiasing look better.
You can disable that in the color settings.
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Disabling it in color settings will affect all documents! The setting doesn't follow the file (or layer).

This means that if someone else opens the file it will render wrong again.
Or if the user changes this setting to view that one document correctly, all other documents previously made that has text layers will look wrong when opened.
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@Chris Cox

Thanks for your reply! That's indeed good to know. I have never used this option before and it caused a lot of confusion not being aware of it.