I've been working on a file in Illustrator CS6 (CCloud) for awhile. This afternoon, all of a sudden, any rectangle or rounded-corner rectangle I draw looks soft as if it has transparency on it. I've checked both at the object and layer levels, and the transparency is default/100%. Looks OK at 3pts, but not under. Doesn't happen for other shapes like polygons and elipses. Any idea what's happening? Thx.
Good idea. The lines are crisp when I print.
BTW, I'm on a Windows 7 64-bit system. I wonder if this could be caused by Microsoft's ClearType technology for making fonts crisper; might not be working well for lines in Illustrator.
[scott w] wrote:
How about a screen shot of the Appearance Panel, with all items expanded, and a rectangle selected?
Can't tell what's going on with the stroke unless you actually select the object then expand both the stroke and fill item in the Appearance panel.
Also, select it and check the Align Panel, is Align to Pixel Grid checked?
Sorry, I had misunderstood. Here's a new screenshot showing the soft rectangle expanded in the Appearance panel. The rectangle on the right is a duplicate, but with Align to Pixel Grid checked in the Transform panel. It looks better in Illustrator, though hard to see the improvement in this screenshot. Thanks.
Well I don't see anything there.
If you're not in Pixel Preview mode, I'm not certain. Could simplybe due to anti-aliasing over that background color. Does it look the same if you draw a rectangle over a blank area of the artboard without a background?
Stroke isn't a gradient is it?
Oh, I just saw a big one, so I'll reply to my own question. The type looks terrible.
I'm planning to output the entire map as SVG with the type as outlines. It seems I'm going to need to keep anti-aliasing on at least until I turn the type into outlines.
Message was edited by: beccahancarrer
Anti-aliasing is used to reduce jagged pixel edges. If you disable anti-aliasing, you'll find the edges of many other objects look horrible. Particularly anything with a curved edge. You need anti-aliasing in most cases, expecially when designing for screen.
However, you should be working with the Align to Pixel Grid option set to ON (ticked) in the Align panel. This will cause objects to fall on the nearest whole pixel and in turn have sharper edges. You must select objects and then tick the box on the Align Panel. In some cases you may need to nudge the object a bit to get it to snap to the nearest pixel.
The help files can explain anti-aliasing and Align to Pixel Grid in more detail.
Hmmm. Please see my further explanation above.
Looks like my best bet mightbe to selectively Align to Pixel Grid where that improves crispness. There's a lot of small type and other objects, precisely positioned in this map. Don't want things to move too much.
Yes you may want to toggle the Align to Pixel grid on a case by case basis. You should have intiiaed creation with it ticked (which you cand choose to do when you open a new document). That would have helped everything a little bit as you created it. After the fact it can be troublesome.