Apply Pixelate Effect to Image in Adobe Illustrator CS6

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    In this video, Illustrator and a document have been opened. A photograph is used, but you can use digital or even scanned drawings. Either way, try to use high-quality images.
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    Click the black arrow at the top-left side of your toolbar to select your object. The black arrow is "Selection Tool".
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    Click the object that you want to edit. A thin blue frame and corners will appear, which means your object is selected and ready for editing.
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    Click "Effect" at the top of the window.
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    Within the "Photoshop Effects" section, move the cursor to "Pixelate". A menu will appear where you can click the effect you prefer: "Color Halftone...", "Crystallize...", "Mezzotint...", and "Pointillize..." These are all Photoshop effects.
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    First, we click "Color Halftone". A small dialogue box will appear. "Color Halftone" is useful for creating a dot pattern. Otherwise, it's used for creating images ready for screen printing.
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    You can click and drag the dialogue box to move it away from your canvas. For this effect, a preview is not available.
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    You can change the details by simply typing within the "Channel" boxes. It is highly recommended to leave them as they are unless you are more advanced with Illustrator.
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    You change the "Max Radius" if you like.
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    Then, when you're satisfied with the changes, click "OK" to apply your settings.
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    Now, zoom in. You can see that there is the half-tone pattern made from the used image.
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    Press "Ctrl" and "Z" to undo the effect.
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    Next, click "Crystallize..." in "Pixelate" under "Effect". The effect makes your image look as if it's made from crystal. A small dialogue box will appear.
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    You can zoom in and out of the preview by using the plus and minus in the corner. Otherwise, click the percentage drop-down menu next to the plus and minus icons.
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    You can click and drag the preview to move around it. Alternatively, just use the scrollers.
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    For this effect, you can only adjust "Cell Size". You can do it by clicking and dragging the scroller or by manually typing a number in the box on the right. The preview will be updated.
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    You can click "OK" to apply any changes.
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    Press "Ctrl" and "Z" to undo the effect.
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    Next, click "Mezzotint..." in "Pixelate" under "Effect". The "Mezzotint" effect is reminiscent of old television without signal.
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    Again, a small dialogue box will appear. You can navigate it in the same way as before, except you have a drop-down menu where you can choose various dots, strokes, and lines this time.
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    Click one of the "Type" selections and click "OK".
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    Finally, click "Pointillize..." in "Pixelate" under "Effect". This effect is painterly, and it's made out of dots.
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    You can navigate and change "Cell Size" as you like.
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    Click "OK".
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This concludes our tutorial showing you how to apply the "Pixelate" effect to an image in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions or comments regarding this video or the program used, then just add them to the comment section below. Thank you for choosing VisiHow!

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