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Going Live

When you save an Illustrator graphic as a GIF or JPEG, Illustrator rasterizes the graphic. That is to say that Illustrator converts the graphic to a bitmap, particularly at a resolution of 72dpi. So you will see differences between the vector version as it appears in Adobe Illustrator and the exported bitmap.

Illustrator also provides a means of previewing the bitmap version before you get to the exporting stage via its Pixel Preview mode. The advantages to checking out the image as it would appear as a bitmap are twofold: First, you’ll have a better estimation of how the graphic will appear on the Web. Second, you’ll actually be able to control the quality of the pixelation to some degree. This will be demonstrated shortly.


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