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I am relatively new to Illustrator. I use version CS6 and I just discovered that when I apply an outer glow effect it is not visible in the PDF after saving apart from when you make the effect really strong. I am currently writing my thesis using latex and when I include the PDF in my latex document no outer glow effect is visible at all. Has anyone discovered a similar behaviour?

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Does it appear in the PDF if viewed in Reader or Acrobat? – Scott Mar 3 '13 at 9:40
Did you ever get this resolved? – JohnB Aug 9 '13 at 15:23

It was really just the PDF viewer I used. In my case, it was Preview from Apple.

Using Adobe Reader, the glowing effect was visible.

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This is why I asked the question in the comments. Apple's Preview application is a horrible PDF viewer. – Scott Nov 8 '13 at 20:50

I had the same problem, turns out it just doesn't show in Preview. Try opening the pdf back up in Illustrator to check it's really there.

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