In Adobe Illustrator there is the feature of using 'Outline View'. It shows you the wireframes of your objects so you can see that they are properly aligned.

When I use 'Pixel Preview' I can see what the result is going to be if I export it to bitmap. So when a line of 1 px of width is not positioned at an exact pixel, there will be a blurry line. I use the checkbox 'Align to pixel grid' in the Transform panel to repair this.

But, here comes my surprise, when I change to 'Outline View' my lines are not properly aligned anymore.

How can I use this function without messing up the outline view in Adobe Illustrator??Align to pixel grid results in a sharp image but messy outline view

  • This belongs on GraphicDesign.SE (if they allow questions about tools). Oct 20, 2012 at 8:48
  • 1
    If the file is destined for screen, and pixel preview shows things correct, why are you concerned with the outline mode?
    – Scott
    Oct 20, 2012 at 21:31
  • Further to Scott's question, what alignment are you trying to do that can't just be done with the tools in the align window? This'll help us understand exactly what problem you're trying to solve - right now I don't quite get it, and I suspect that what you're seeing in Outline View is more of an artifact of Outline View's conversion to outlines itself than anything about your actual document. Oct 20, 2012 at 23:57

1 Answer 1


The reason not all the lines are aligned is because the box needed to be offset slightly so the fill was still a pixel boundary. In other words, it's working exactly as it needs to in order for everything to be aligned correctly.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.