PDF objects suddenly loose quality after cropping in Adobe Illustrator and get pixelated

Community Beginner ,
Feb 21, 2021 Feb 21, 2021

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I routinely placed and cropped PDF objects within Illustrator, without any issue. From today, when I crop a placed PDF, it gets kind of pixelated after cropping (example below). This never happened before. The quality loss is also observable after exporting the project.

I already removed and re-installed Illustrator, but this didn't help.

Can you please advice how I can fix this?

 

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Community Expert , Feb 21, 2021 Feb 21, 2021

This rasterizes the image. So it's not a surprise that you are seeing pixels.

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Community Expert , Feb 21, 2021 Feb 21, 2021

You may want to use Mask Image for linked PDF files.

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Exactly how are you cropping it?

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Feb 21, 2021 Feb 21, 2021

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First I select the PDF object with the selection tool. Then I click on "Crop Image" on the Properties panel under "Quick Access". Then I select the area how to crop the image. To finish the process I click "Apply" on the Properties panel under "Quick Actions".

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This rasterizes the image. So it's not a surprise that you are seeing pixels.

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Thank you! That's correct!

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You may want to use Mask Image for linked PDF files.

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