Fuzzy line and clean line. Difference?

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Jun 03, 2021 Jun 03, 2021

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Hi. Working with Adobe ID 16.2.1 x64 on Windows 10 (recently updated).

In a document, I drew a box enclosing some text using the rectangle tool. As a separate graphic, I drew a vertical line using the line tool between two parts of the text. The graphics do not meet, nor are they supposed to.

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To me, it looks as though the horizontal line (as well as the rest of the box) is "fuzzier" or "grayer" than the vertical line. However, the specs for both lines appear -- to me -- to be the same. The color of both lines is Pantone 447C. Here is the spec for the fuzzy line:

fuzzy_line.png

And the spec for the not-fuzzy (crisp) line:

non_fuzzy_line.png

Color and tint are the same. Line width is the same -- 2 points. I cannot figure out the difference or how to make sure that both the box and the vertical line both have the same "crispness." Is there some difference that I don't understand between how the rectangle tool renders the lines of an unfilled box and how the line tool renders a similar line? This is not the first time I've noticed the difference, but it seems to me to be pronounced.

 

Any advice on this matter appreciated. Thanks!

 

-j

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Adobe Community Professional , Jun 03, 2021 Jun 03, 2021
Hi @Nedlaw: Did you try printing the page, or exporting the page to a PDF? I'm guessing it's just the screen display.  ~Barb

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Hi @Nedlaw:

 

Did you try printing the page, or exporting the page to a PDF? I'm guessing it's just the screen display. 

 

~Barb

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That was indeed the problem. The PDF does not show this difference. (Thanks, tons.) So: there IS a difference between the way the rectangle tool and the line tool renders the line... Just not when they print.

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Text and line art are anti-aliased for the relatively low resolution display—print is typically 1200 to 2400 dpi vs a screen’s 100 to 300. To check the line quality zoom in to 200% or higher.

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Glad that was all it was!

 

~Barb 

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