Why are my fonts not smooth after Envelope Distort?

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Sep 18, 2022 Sep 18, 2022

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After creating the word GHETTO with 'collegiate heavy outline font', and shaping it with the help of Envelope Distort, I noticed that the outlines are not straight but jagged. The jagged outlines also came out in the print.

I've tried googling for a solution and have tried several things to no avail. The attachment is the artwork I'm talking about, Hoping that someone here can offer some help, I'll be very grateful.

 

Regards,

Effendy

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Sep 18, 2022 Sep 18, 2022

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Your distort is not perfectly aligned, so your horizontal lines are not straight while at the same time the angle they are at is so small, they simply produce bad antialaiasing/ dithering patterns. This is a perfectly normal thing. You would have to expand the artwork and fix your crooked lines or simply accept it. There are simply technical limits to how this can be handled.

 

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Sep 19, 2022 Sep 19, 2022

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How would you recommend I fix the crooked lines? I'm quite a noob here.

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Sep 24, 2022 Sep 24, 2022

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OMG. I created the word GHETTO using the pencil tool and all the lines are crooked. Something is very wrong here. The print out is also equally bad. Why do I suddenly have this problem?

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Sep 25, 2022 Sep 25, 2022

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In the Appearance panel, it shows that you applied a Rasterize effect, which makes it an image.

Just delete the effect or turn it off.

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Oct 01, 2022 Oct 01, 2022

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I guess you're right. It's unfortunate that i have saved it as an image. But thanks for your answer 🙂

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Oct 01, 2022 Oct 01, 2022

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But if you still have the Illustrator file, you can just turn the effect off (and resave the image).

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Sep 18, 2022 Sep 18, 2022

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Your artwork looks perfectly smooth when zoomed in.

A higher resolution (display/printer) will give a better result.

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Sep 19, 2022 Sep 19, 2022

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I wonder if pixel snap and the font type might impact the result.

As a rule, I never trust what shows on the screen, too many things will not show you the true result

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