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Pixelation when scaling down a placed jpg

New Here ,
Jan 14, 2017 Jan 14, 2017

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I placed a .jpg Adobe Stock photo in an Ai template and when I scale it down smaller it becomes pixelated. When I place it and it starts off as the large image the resolution is fine, but when I scale it down smaller it introduces pixelation.

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Jan 14, 2017 Jan 14, 2017

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A JPEG is a raster based file.

What do you expect to happen?

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Jan 14, 2017 Jan 14, 2017

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This is my first time using Illustrator. I didn't expect it to pixelate from scaling it down smaller. Going larger I would expect it. I never had this issue with other Adobe programs.

Is there no way to fix it? I'm just looking for a solution.

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Jan 14, 2017 Jan 14, 2017

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First of all this might onyl be a screen preview issue and when printing this looks better.

Secondly Illustrator is not specialized in pushing pixels around. If you need a smaller image, you'd better do that kind of operation in Photoshop and then place the smaller image in Illustrator.

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Apr 10, 2024 Apr 10, 2024

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this was rude

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This was a discussion thread from over 7 years ago.

While Monika may have been pretty blunt with the original poster I totally get where she's coming from.

Applications like Adobe Illustrator are meant for professional use. It's not cheap software for hobbyist use. There's lots of other software that is more accessible and priced better for beginners and casual hobby-type users. Understanding the difference between vector-based artwork and pixel-based artwork is a very elementary thing in computer graphic design work. Anyone getting paid to do such work really should already know that, as well as a lot of more complex things involving this trade. Some of us older folks learned graphic design the analog way and invested a lot of time and money to earn degrees from good colleges. This trade was a real profession back then. Too many "graphic designers" these days can't even bother watching a YouTube tutorial video for free. They jump into the software just winging it. When they run into a problem they blame it on the software rather than their sheel level of inexperience. Just about every day there is some new post where a newbie is bashing Adobe for not making the software "easy" enough for them to use. It's tough for us long-time users of Illustrator to put up with it and not lose our patience.

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