Why is my type created in raster rather than vector graphic?

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Using CS5.5 new type (and existing type in files from co-workers) created in raster rather than vector. Lessons on Lynda.com confirm that I should be seeing raster graphics and zooming in will still yield smooth edges.

I am using a test document created in 300 dpi 1000 x 800 pixels, although that shouldn't make a difference. The rasterized fonts (Arial, Myriad Pro, Tahoma) are standard fonts.

Is this a sign that I need to reinstall photoshop?
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Hi David,

The primary problem is you have aliasing set to "None" in the tool options bar.

Second, Photoshop is a raster-based application. Even though the text is vector, it renders to the resolution of your document. You can cannot zoom in indefinitely in Photoshop - eventually you'll see the pixels the document is made up of.
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normally it is set to sharp. I was trying out some suggestions from the forum, all of which missed the point. If I create type in illustrator and paste into PS as a smart object, would it show in PS as vector?
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It's a vector, but again it will be rasterized to the resolution of Photoshop document.
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Thanks for clarifying this for me. It makes sense, and explains what I have been perceiving as a problem.