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PLEASE HELP Line weight change when saved to PDF?

Community Beginner ,
Nov 09, 2023 Nov 09, 2023

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When I exported these files to PDF the line weight of just a few boxes got messed up.

Before (in Illustrator and exported as PNG):

Echo33515838cuvd_1-1699578199186.png

After (saved to PDF), note the 3 center boxes:

Echo33515838cuvd_0-1699578068133.png

 

The line weight used throughout all boxes (including 1 and 5) is 3pt

Here are my export settings:

Echo33515838cuvd_2-1699578342751.png

When I removed "Optimize for fast Web View", nothing changed. I have opened the PDF in multiple places to see if it was the viewing program (it was not). The paths are closed, and other rectangles within the image are completely fine. 

 

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Nov 09, 2023 Nov 09, 2023

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Can you select the path that has the line that is OK and the line that is not OK and then open the Appearance panel with each of them and take a screenshot of each of them?

 

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 09, 2023 Nov 09, 2023

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So sorry I am mostly self-taught, if this isn't the panel you're talking about let me know. They appear exactly the same. The only thing that changes in the properties panel is the x-value.

Good line:

JerichoH_0-1699582582780.png

Bad line:

JerichoH_1-1699582713910.png

 

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Nov 09, 2023 Nov 09, 2023

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Does it look any different if you change the gradient used on the strokes to a solid color?

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 09, 2023 Nov 09, 2023

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Thank you for the suggestion, yes it does! Do you have any suggestions for how to fix it so I could still have the gradient?

JerichoH_0-1699583612362.png

 

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Nov 09, 2023 Nov 09, 2023

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My own opinion the lines are too narrow to effectively use a gradient. You could try using Outline stroke but I don't think it will help much.

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I'm having trouble believing this to be the answer because all of the other lines are handling it perfectly fine, even the smaller ones. 

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Nov 10, 2023 Nov 10, 2023

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If Ton's answer doesn't solve it, can you please check if there is something inside that stroke in the Appearance panel (click on the little arrow)

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Nov 10, 2023 Nov 10, 2023

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Line weight changes in a PDF can sometimes be caused by a preferences setting in Acrobat.

Try if turning off "Enhance thin lines" in Preferences > Page Display helps.

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