Hey guys I really need your help with one problem I am facing right now while working on a logo. I created a logo using a starburst effect, however when I use the pathfinder cut out effect the images gets thinner not only when I save it on PDF but also when I print it.

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Second image is already cut out. Doesn't look too obvious but it is thinner. enter image description here

Third image is both images zoomed out next to each other, it becomes more obvious they don't look the same. It becomes a problem since it will be a logo that will need to be reduced.

Thanks in advance

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  • Hi. Welcome to GDSE. Can I ask, why do you need to cut it out? What problem are you hoping to avoid by doing that?
    – Billy Kerr
    Feb 3, 2020 at 13:00
  • Hi Billy. I need to cut it out because it will be a logo and that will be negative space in the design
    – Starshine
    Feb 4, 2020 at 0:00
  • Do you mean something in the background will show through the star shaped hole?
    – Billy Kerr
    Feb 4, 2020 at 8:34

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  • White on color anti-aliases the white to the color. Therefore the white area appears to get slightly larger in order to blend visually with the color under it.

  • Color on transparency (or white) anti-aliases the color to transparency. The color area appears to get slightly larger to blend visually with transparency/white.

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It's a visual anomaly in the preview based upon how colors/transparency is stacked.

If you check Outline Mode (View > Outline Mode) or turn off anti-aliasing in the Preferences, you should find both shapes are the same size. And it's merely the preview which is showing a variation. Monitors with a higher pixel density tend to hide this anomaly better. The anomaly is also much more prevalent when working with very small objects.

  • Nah its just that adobe does blending in the working space. Anf srgb is not linear. White does not have to do this.
    – joojaa
    Feb 3, 2020 at 19:43
  • .. but it does. That's all I'm pointing out :)
    – Scott
    Feb 3, 2020 at 19:52
  • yeah but technically its wrong
    – joojaa
    Feb 3, 2020 at 20:20
  • My answer or Adobe's construction? I know Adobe's preview construction is bad.. but I think this answer correctly explains the issue.
    – Scott
    Feb 3, 2020 at 22:12
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    @Starshine Printed how? On an inkjet printer or with a commercial press?? It shouldn't be an issue at all with a commercial press. Inkjet printing form Illustrator is typically a bad idea. Save as PDF and print the PDF using Acrobat or Reader.
    – Scott
    Feb 3, 2020 at 23:48

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