Creating Effects

The Blur Effect

You can add a Blur effect in order to soften an object's edges.

Original object
Object with no Blur effect
Blur effect
Blur effect

The Appearance panel is used to add and adjust the effects.

The Appearance panel showing various effects

1 - Visibility of an effect.

2 - Add a new effect.

3 - Open settings of an effect. Blur lets you adjust its width directly in the Appearance panel.

4 - Delete a selected effect.

5 - Click to adjust the color of an effect. This button opens the Color panel.

In order to add a blur effect, click on the plus button in the Appearance panel. Select Blur. Then adjust the blur width.

The Blur effect creates raster graphics. If you plan to export a high-resolution image, or, if the exported image might be enlarged in other software, make sure that your export settings are sufficient for that.