Why does an Adobe Illustrator document saved as a PNG that are then converted to PDF files look blurry and pixelated?

  • Can you provide a screenshot to illustrate the problem? – Scribblemacher Sep 29 '15 at 17:29
  • I don't believe that may be necessary, as I've discovered it is not workable for a PNG to be converted to a PDF. Thanks for your question. – JourneyManDesigns Sep 29 '15 at 18:02
  • You just asked this same exact question yesterday and I thought I laid it out pretty simply here, when I told you NOT to save as a PNG and then as a PDF...SAVE DIRECTLY TO PDF! – Manly Sep 30 '15 at 17:06

The image looks pixelated because the vector artwork is being rasterized. Edges that don't fall on whole pixels are anti-aliased.

Unless there is a specific reason to save as PNG, and I can't imagine what that would be, you should save directly to PDF to retain the vector information. Beyond having a sharper image, vector art usually produces smaller file sizes.

  • I experimented with settings when saving an Adobe Illustrator file as a PDF, and the results were satisfying: smaller file size and quality image. Thanks! – JourneyManDesigns Sep 29 '15 at 18:00

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