December 20, 2010

A tiny tip on Illustrator anti-aliasing

A reader today wrote, “Can anyone tell me if it’s possible to drag a one-pixel-width diagonal line in Illustrator without it forcing anti-aliasing?”

My suggestion: Try choosing Effect->Rasterize, then choosing 72PPI and no anti-aliasing.  If you often need this technique, you can create a graphical style & then easily apply the look to multiple paths.  You can also get some funky lo-fi pixel-art looks by cranking the PPI setting way down.

Fortunately it’s largely unnecessary to think about this stuff now that Illustrator CS5 has excellent pixel chops (at last).

Posted by John Nack at 5:53 PM on December 20, 2010


  • Herman — 5:50 PM on December 23, 2010

    Nooooo! It’s not largely unnecessary! :)
    It should be availbale as an option under the “D” for default appearance ;)

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