zoom level is Actual Size.
Great if it prints well, but first and foremost, this is meant for the small screen...in cases like this, should I send all blur jobs to Photoshop only?
Then...pull them into Illustrator for composition with vector elements?
It is weird. Should be a good export.
Here is the file I was working on. In the Export for web dialog, I increased the size to double my image.
Even if the browser resizes it like on this laptop, it looks great on my screen. It also prints to my Phaser great. If it doesn't on your screen, try a print. If that looks OK, it may just be the monitor. And if it does look good in print, are your video drivers up to date?
far as I know all my drivers and OS are the latest..
I guess it could be my monitor, but...your sample looks smooth on my monitor, too, so...must be some pesky setting, tho I can't figure what it would be.
I thank you for hangin in there with me...seems like any of the suggestions you offered up should have covered whatever it is!
I am pretty much out of ideas. Oh, one more thing. Just to make sure, does this happen to all documents or just this one?
Can you share the file? If you don't want it public, you can upload it to your site or perhaps to dropbox.com and PM me the link.
I am headed to the dinner table so it'll be a little bit before I look at it if you do decide to share.
OK..time out here...
I see what I did....I could get only so much blur on one object using the "outer glow" tool, so I copied and pasted in place a few times...this has the effect of increasing the intensity of the blur, but it also produces those nasty "squares" as well..
My total bad on this one...I created a new shape and got as smooth a blur on this monitor as you got on your botannical shape you posted.
Many thanks again for the time and energy you lent to this issue, Mike.
OK..time out again...
there are values which will produce the square chunk effect, even with pasting multiple copies in place...I'm going to post one such file for anyone who wants to play with it...the blur values on the object in the file I'll post produce the squares for me.
(I'm not totally nuts..)
Here's the link to a file which exhibits the square chunks effect on a single object with gaussian blur applied:
Your object is barely 60 pixels wide. That's pretty small. The sample document opens at 452%.
Here is 100% on my system.
Barely larger than the filed for the artboard number...
Try this. For what ever reason the object is grouped. Here is before ungrouping and after.
That difference shows up at the document's 452% view. Why grouping makes a difference, I dunno.
Is there a reason for such small documents?
Thank you, Mike...
reason for such small documents? well, the art relates to type (a wordmark) and when I was selecting from 50 type faces I spaced out the need to begin the actual work at a size that made sense...working on a computer, zoomed up on your object, it's easy to lose track of what that object's actual dimensions are, until you see something weird like this.
interesting the effect grouping has on how that thing looks..
again, thank you for the time and energy you lent to this, Mike!
Well, personally no matter the output size, I tend to work at a larger size (up to a point). And then scale it down if for the web in the export for web dialog. Similar to, but the opposite of, making posters where I work smaller, export larger.
The file I am linking to is 800px square versus your 200px square. Try export to web at 200 px square. Or 1600 px square. Both are of the same quality and should look good on-screen.
By the way. For this example I used an outer glow and gaussian blur. Look in the appearance panel. I think it achieves the effect but the g-blur will blend the outer glow back into the filled path.
Anyway I think I am off for some relaxation for I nod off. I'll check back in tomorrow.
Take care, Mike