Font looks different on photoshop and at website

Simple question: Why this 2 fonts looks different at photoshop and at website.

At this picture - this first text is from html code, second is an image from photoshop. The same font, the same size - 30. But this first looks more "bold" than second. Why? I want to have a identically font as it is at photoshop (second picture).

Here css code:

@font-face {
font-family: "SegoeWP";
src: url("fonts/play/SegoeWP.eot");
src: url("fonts/play/SegoeWP.eot?#iefix")
     url("fonts/play/SegoeWP.woff") format("woff"),
     url("fonts/play/SegoeWP.ttf") format("truetype"),
     url("fonts/play/SegoeWP.svg#PlayRegular") format("svg");
font-weight: lighter;

#strona {
  width: 1120px;
  margin-left: auto;
  margin-right: auto;

      font-family: "SegoeWP", Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif;
      font-size: 30px; 

header, footer, article, section, hgroup, nav, figure {
    display: block;

 body {
  font-family: "SegoeWP", Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif;
  background-repeat: no-repeat;
  background-position: top center;
  color: #ffffff;


And html code.

  <section id="Section1">  { mywebsite.NET } </section>
  <img src="mojeportfolio.png" />

any ideas? Greetings!


i found, that I have 3 types of SegoeWP font in folder. "SegoeWP", "SegoeWP-Light", "SegoeWP-Semibold". "SegoeWP" looks a litle bit too "bold", but this "SegoeWP-Light" is perfect and looks identical as in photoshop when i doubleclick it. How can I use it on my website? When I change this part -> url("fonts/play/SegoeWP-Light.*"), nothing change at website. What is wrong?


photoshop handles fonts a lot differently than a web browser ... because photoshop used functions like smoothing, kernel and others the font will almost always look different in a browser

To get the same result try using font-smoothing: antialiased, and reducing the font size so it matches your Photoshop image.

The biggest difference is because Adobe Photoshop will not do subpixel font-smoothing—unlike most browsers. In your example image this is easily visible if you zoom in(see the color shifts around the edges). Windows has a history of using an extra crisp form of subpixel font rendering, which exacerbates the problem as the perceived font weight can change severely.

Smashing Magazine has an excellent article on font rendering.

Make sure you are adding the css to the right location sometimes that could be the issue. For full notes on how to lessen the weight of a font you can find it here:

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