New to Illustrator, wondering why I'm getting jagged lines on Objects

New Here ,
Jul 06, 2021 Jul 06, 2021

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So all my googlings just lead me to the Smooth tool, but it's not doing anything.

On the left is a vector I got off Google that I then loaded into Illustrator to "trace," which is what I did!

I made shapes, moved the anchors to like positions and dragged over a copy.

I then used the Curvature Tool to get those arches, and here is where things went wrong.

How do I fix it / what is the correct way to "trace" shapes that creates smooth lined objects?

I imagine if I were to use the Pathfinding tools to MinusBack for instance, that would create a perfectly smooth object, but it would be a real hassle to get those shapes perfectly lined up, and if you're off by just a bit, you're right back to adjusting the shape and getting those jagged lines? Help please!

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Oh and to get the obvious ones out of the way, I do have Anti Aliaising on in the settings.

I've also seen the answer that it's just a display issues from the monitor, that if I gave this file to a pin manufacturer or printer, those stairsteps wouldn't show up in the final product?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 06, 2021 Jul 06, 2021

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I can't see why this shouldn't print well. Looks like clean artwork.

 

Can you select it and go into outline view and then take a screenshot?

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 06, 2021 Jul 06, 2021

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You're seeing pixelation caused by your monitor. This is not a problem with Illustrator but a limitation of monitors (specifically low-resolution, low pixel density monitors).

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I did spend a few hundred bucks on a gaming monitor, but it's more about refresh rate, response times and vsync stuff, only 1080p, but that probably does fall under low res and low pixel count for art files?

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Yep, 1080 is going to give you this jaggy effect. If you want to get rid of this, get a 4K monitor.

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