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I have a 4 color gradient fill angled at 40 degrees (maybe its not the best way to achieve what I want) and the lines where colors meet are having jaggies.

I have attached a screenshot of the gradient settings and the actual result. I would like to know if there is a way to make those edges smooth.

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  • Have you tried making tiny transition areas between the colors? – kontur Dec 5 '12 at 10:58
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What you are seeing is typically due to Illustrator anti-aliasing for screen. Upon printing or saving for web that should get smoothed out.

This comes from the fact that Illustrator is creating vector data and then trying to render a preview in pixels for the screen. Sometimes artwork can look less-than-smooth. However, in most cases it prints/exports just fine.

Nothing wrong with the gradient, but I'm curious why you wouldn't simply use 4 shapes?

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  • True, after generating the image, it smooths out. – skywlkr Dec 5 '12 at 10:56
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    Just a pointless note :) When Illustrator is optimized for and used on a retina display this issue will be practically non-existent. And it was MUCH worse 10 years ago. – Scott Dec 5 '12 at 11:38

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