Comparison of emacs -nw vs emacs with GUI

On the left: emacs in console mode. On the right: emacs with GUI.

Running 24.5.1 on Arch linux. Both my console and emacs have the font set to Inconsolata 12. What can I do to make the emacs with GUI fonts look "smoother"?

[ETA more detail:]

I tried making a /etc/fonts/local.conf file which specified anti-aliasing. It made no difference. (I'm not using Infinality.)

According to this answer I should find out the GNOME settings and make a .Xresources file that emacs would use. But I didn't have any luck there.

From gnome-tweak-tool I had:

  • Hinting: medium
  • Antialiasing: Grayscale
  • Scaling Factor: 1.0

I couldn't figure out what "Antialiasing Grayscale" is equivalent to in Xresources-speak...

$ xrdb -query | grep Xft
Xft.dpi:    96
Xft.antialias:  1
Xft.hinting:    1
Xft.hintstyle:  hintmedium
Xft.rgba:   none

This is what was there before I made a .Xresources file and it seems basically correct? I tried changing Xft.rgba to rgb but I couldn't appreciate any difference.

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