I designed a business card with some graphics that have gradients, but every time I export a PDF the gradients show up pixellated. I tried setting Print > Advanced > Transparency and Overprint > High Quality but that did not work. Does anyone know how I can export a PDF for print that has smooth gradients? I would appreciate any ideas you have.

Here's what it looks like in Illustrator. Illustrator screencap

And here's what it looks like in the PDF. PDF screencap

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    What zoom percentage are you looking at the PDF? All gradients in will be "pixelated" if you zoom in. – Scott Oct 17 '17 at 5:16
  • Can you attach the file? – Ovaryraptor Oct 17 '17 at 16:24
  • I have had this concern before with small sizes. You "fit to screen" and see the artwork in a much larger scale than you would with a poster and everything looks pixelated. It is probably fine. I think that a gradient mesh needs to be rasterized in a pdf, and you have used "High Quality" = 300 ppi. You could try adding a 300 ppi image next to the graphics and compare the pixel size in the pdf. – Wolff Oct 17 '17 at 16:27
  • Take a look at the compression settings in Save Adobe Pdf dialog. – LeoNas Oct 17 '17 at 16:31
  • Thanks Scott and Wolff, I think my issue was just that I was zooming in too far. If I zoom out, it looks okay. – mcography Oct 18 '17 at 2:03

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