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Viewing artwork

When you open a file, it is displayed in Preview view, which displays artwork the way it will print. When you’re working with large or complex illustrations, you may want to view only the outlines, or wireframes, of objects in your artwork, so that the screen doesn’t have to redraw the artwork each time you make a change.

Choose View > Outline. Only the outlines of the objects are displayed. Use this view to find objects that might not be visible in Preview.

Choose View > Preview to see all the attributes of the artwork. If you prefer keyboard shortcuts, Ctrl+Y (Windows) or Command+Y (Mac OS) toggles between these two modes.

Choose View > Pixel Closeup (at the bottom of the menu) to zoom in to a preset area of the image. This custom view was added to the document.


To save time when working with large or complex documents, you can create your own custom views within a document to quickly jump to specific areas and zoom levels. You set up the view that you want to save, and then choose View > New View. Name the view; it is saved with the document.

Choose View > Overprint Preview to view any lines or shapes that are set to overprint. This view is helpful for those in the print industry who need to see how inks interact when set to overprint. See Lesson 14, “Printing Artwork and Producing Color Separations” for more information on overprinting.

Choose View > Pixel Preview to view how the artwork will look when it is rasterized and viewed on-screen in a Web browser.

Outline view.

Preview view.

Overprint preview.

Pixel preview.



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