I'm making this icon with a base vector and white strokes with variable profiles (right image) and I wanted to unify them as a single object, so I expanded the strokes and used Pathfinder's difference (left image)

enter image description here They appear identical, and they should, I guess... But when I zoom out, the one I used pathfinding look like it bled or something like that.

How can I make it look like the original?

  • You zoom out or scale down? There is a difference between the two.
    – Komental
    Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 0:30

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Zooming is only a preview inside Illustrator. What counts is how it prints or how it displays in the final use (web, app, ...). My best guess for the effect that you are seeing is that Illustrator calculates the preview for strokes and for surfaces differently.

  • I exported both versions in a pdf and the results are exactly the same. I believe you are right, but do you think that is there a way to avoid this?
    – arvere
    Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 13:29
  • I suspect that this behavior will be different on every screen you use. Have you tested that?
    – KMSTR
    Commented May 5, 2014 at 7:39
  • tested on two screens different, all the same
    – arvere
    Commented May 10, 2014 at 18:33
  • My point was that you will see this behavior on every screen, just a little different depending on the screen. Ergo, you can't "fix it" in Illustrator.
    – KMSTR
    Commented May 12, 2014 at 6:52
  • I had a similar problem working with svg files. they are rendered different in every browser. the only way you have full control over it is by making it a bitmap image
    – tim human
    Commented May 13, 2014 at 13:12

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