CreativePro Tip of the Week: Blurring Artwork in Illustrator

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One of the main benefits of creating artwork in vector format is that it will remain crisp and sharp at any size output. But what if you want soft edges in some places? Did you know that you can apply Gaussian Blur to objects in Illustrator?

Just select the object(s) you want to soften and choose Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

In the dialog box, turn on the Preview option and increase the Radius value until you like the look of the effect.

Gaussian Blur dialog box in Illustrator

Gaussian Blur effect in Illustrator

Note that the blur is a raster effect, so you need to visit the Document Raster Effects Settings (also found in the Effects menu), and set the appropriate resolution for your intended output.

Document Raster Effects Settings dialog box in Illustrator

Posted on: September 14, 2017

Mike Rankin

Mike is the Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and He is also the author of several video training series, including Font Management Essential Training, InDesign FX, and InDesign CC: Interactive Document Fundamentals.

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