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Oh wow, that didn't even cross my mind as a possibility. My idea for it was pretty much the same as the one you first tried to do. I was actually writing up a reply on how to do that but saw you figured it out, so... awesome!

I think the issue I had with the font was actually an issue with Unity's text handling. The text is antialiased, which looks kinda weird in a non-antialiased game. I'm not sure how you can make it sharper with the base Unity text, but you could try TextMeshPro (on the asset store for free). As for sharpening up the image... I don't really know what the issue is, it feels like it's stretched in some strange way. Some pixels seem larger than others, etc. I don't know what your settings are for the image in Unity, but do you have the file format at 32 bit and the filter mode on point (no filter)? You could also try playing around with the pixels per unit.

Haha I would be interested actually if you thought of a generalized way to automatically sort all objects based on where they are. My solution requires setting sorting layers for all objects, which isn't the worst actually.

Hmm I don't see the stretching. I do have No Compression/Point Filter on my Sprites but didn't do any other game settings.


This is what it looks like on my screen. If you zoom in a bit, it looks like there is some sort of antialiasing going on.
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Ooh that's actually probably because I forgot to set Point on some of them, thanks