Trying to insert a barcode into some artwork on Illustrator CC when i try to free rotate the barcode and downsize the lines are becoming jagged? I have anti aliasing checked and the barcode is in an eps format?

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    Is it a raster or vector?
    – Hanna
    Jan 27, 2016 at 17:43

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Sounds like your barcode is a bitmap / raster (even if .eps, the format is capable of embedding bitmaps).

If that is the case, you can solve it by tracing the barcode first.

  1. LiveTrace while the barcode is still vertical
  2. find the preset that gives best results, check Ignore White
  3. Expand
  4. rotate and say goodbye to jaggies, win.
  • Very likely; but I'd rather try and regenerate the barcode as an actual vector image first.
    – Jongware
    Jan 27, 2016 at 20:44

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