Why rasterizing objects in Illustrator causes them to be pixelated


I am having a sudden problem with my vectors after being rasterized within Illustrator. The rasterized image becomes pixelated. If anyone might have an idea as to what might have happened all of a sudden, I would greatly appreciate the help.

Thank you and here are some reference screenshots of what I mean.

before rasterizing

after rasterizing

5/31/2016 7:32:00 AM

Rasterization turns your vector artwork in to a raster image. A raster image is made up of pixels. Ergo pixelation. There's no way around that.

Either your Illustrator document is too small (Illustrator defaults to 1pt = 1px, i.e 72PPI) or you chose too low a resolution in the rasterize dialog.

To get a higher resolution image (i.e less pixelation), simply choose a higher resolution in the rasterize dialog:

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5/31/2016 7:34:00 AM