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How do I make my vector character shrink well?

Jan 29, 2013 11:02 AM

Tags: #illustrator #cs5 #line #animation #vector #graphic #shrinking

I created a character in illustrator that I plan to use in animations and on the web. When I shrink the vector to the size of, for example, a small avi picture for social media, I significantly lose line quality. How can I maintain the quality of detail? Is there a specific way that I should save or setup the document?

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    Jan 29, 2013 12:00 PM   in reply to dustycanvas



    If you get distortions when scaling down, you may be facing the Align to Pixel Grid issue; you can turn that off in the Transform panel (two places).


    If this is about a general degrading at small sizes, you may have to simplify the character so it is suitable for the size.


    An image illustrating the issue might help helpers help you.

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    Jan 29, 2013 1:43 PM   in reply to dustycanvas

    What file format, resolution  and compression settings are you using? Sometimes depends on the image.


    Most images you will save as ..jpg, and toggle art or type optimized (under imaeg size tab) hit preview to see result.


    If you do not need many colors,  you can use .gif to get sharper lines.

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    Jan 29, 2013 4:01 PM   in reply to dustycanvas

    Also check that Scale Strokes & Effects is checked in General Preferences.

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