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Freeform gradient Ai/ PDF file preview not showing up on macOS Ventura

Community Beginner ,
Dec 21, 2022 Dec 21, 2022

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The freeform gradient is visible when saved as ai but not visible in pdf format. I have tried changing all the gradient colours to process colours instead of spot colors but still no luck.

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Community Expert , Dec 23, 2022 Dec 23, 2022

Rasterizing will make it an image. When rasterizing a freeform gradient at a sufficient resolution you will get a good result. Keep the original for editing.

Other than that, don't use Preview and complain to Apple.

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Explorer , Jun 20, 2023 Jun 20, 2023

A non-destructive solution is to use the Rasterize Effect in the Illustrator section of the Effects menu. This will create a rasterized version that will retain the ability to edit the points. If you need to make a lot of changes I'd suggest disabling the Rasterize effect temporarily so it doesn't need to keep re-rasterizing the gradient.

 

Note that this effect is not the same as the Rasterize item found in the Object menu, which is destructive.

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Dec 21, 2022 Dec 21, 2022

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What software are you using to view the PDF? Does it appear if you use Acrobat?

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yes, i appears in acrobat but can not view in preview

 

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Which OS version? There were reports about Mac Preview  in recent systems not showing freeform gradients.

Rasterize them and using a clipping mask would be a workaround for those apps.

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razterizing will be destructive to me design. Any other ideas apart from that?

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Rasterizing will make it an image. When rasterizing a freeform gradient at a sufficient resolution you will get a good result. Keep the original for editing.

Other than that, don't use Preview and complain to Apple.

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Thanks for the solution 🙂

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A non-destructive solution is to use the Rasterize Effect in the Illustrator section of the Effects menu. This will create a rasterized version that will retain the ability to edit the points. If you need to make a lot of changes I'd suggest disabling the Rasterize effect temporarily so it doesn't need to keep re-rasterizing the gradient.

 

Note that this effect is not the same as the Rasterize item found in the Object menu, which is destructive.

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