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In this movie, we will enhance the resolution of this artwork using the document raster effects settings, and we will need to do so with care, because a resolution setting can also influence the scale of pixel-based effects. So I'll go up to the Effect menu and choose Document Raster Effects Settings. And notice that in the case of this artwork I've cranked the Resolution value down to Screen, which is 72 ppi--obviously too low. However, it's a really great way to work. So in other words, you go ahead and assemble these effects, which can be very processor intensive.
In other words, for you, time consuming--you have to wait for a lot of progress bars--unless you work at 72 ppi and then everything goes very quickly. And then the once you get things assembled the way you think you want them, switch the resolution to something else. I will start by doubling the Resolution to Medium, which is 150 ppi, and then I will go ahead and click OK. And notice this time that we have a little bit of progress bar action before Illustrator generates a higher resolution version of the illustration.
And now I'll go ahead and zoom in on it and you can seem well, it's obviously in better shape, that it's a little rough around the edges. Well, the way to take care of that without increasing the resolution is to revisit the Document Raster Effects Settings command and then turn on the Anti-alias checkbox. And that's going to give you a much better-looking piece of artwork where these kinds of pixel-based effects are concerned. Notice though that we do have to wait a little longer for that artwork to appear on screen. But it does look very smooth now.
Now if that still isn't good enough for you-- I'll go and zoom in a little bit--and we can see at 400% for example, that we are getting some big pixel action. You can return to the Effect menu, choose Document Raster Effects Settings, and then switch to High 300 ppi. Or you can just watch me do it, because the thing is, you're really going to have to wait for a little while. Illustrator now throws up a ton of progress bars and they continue to go and go and go for several moments, as much as a minute, depending on your system.
Now you may get these effect where it seems to have stopped without giving you any new preview on screen, and that's just because it's waiting to give you some more progress bars. So you're just going to have to wait the whole thing out; you can get at least 3 collections of progress bars as you're seeing here, and we're actually giving to speed things up a bit. Now one thing I want you to notice in addition to the much smoother results that we are seeing on screen, the Bricks have reduced in size. And that's even more evident if I go ahead and zoom out from my artwork, so I have some very tiny Bricks indeed at this point. Why is that? Well, if I switch to the Layers panel and the Alt+Click or Option+Click on the background layer in order to select a Rectangle background, and then I switch to the Appearance panel and click on Texturizer; you'll see after a progress bar of course, that Illustrator has intelligently increased the Scaling value. So it's starting out at 104%, you may recall from a couple of movies ago, and now it's 200%.
Well, Illustrator is smart, but apparently it's not smart to do the math properly, because 300 ppi is more than 4 times as much as 72 ppi. So you'd think that the Scaling value would be 400% or more; but in fact, it maxes out at 200%. That's the problem. So if you want your Bricks to remain a reasonable size, you can't go to this high with the resolution. In fact, for purposes of this artwork, I will go ahead and press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac, in order to undo the Resolution Enhancement, and that's going to take us back in a moment I hope to 150 ppi and much larger Bricks, as we're seeing here.
And that's how you enhance the Resolution of your pixel-based Effects, as well as scale those effects and Anti-alias your artwork for the smoothest possible results.
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