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Adobe Illustrator - Pixelated Gaussian Blur

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I have a vector image that I am trying to add a drop shadow to and export at 300dpi for print media.  I create the elements and add Gaussian Blur Effect to them.  I then export as a PNG image at 300dpi.  When I view the PNG image all of the elements are sharp at 300dpi except the blured elements are pixelated.   For some reason they're not getting rendered at 300dpi.  It's like they're being rendered at 72dpi and scaled up.  Is there a setting in Illustrator CS to change the base document dpi?
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The Gaussian Blur effect, when applied to a vector object is a fake. It's not really a gaussian blur, it's a stroke applied to the object which makes it look fuzzy. The larger the blur, the wider the stroke and the weirder it looks. Even if you rasterize the object first you still have to deal with the inadequacies in illustrators raster tools. Why is it inadequate? Because illustrator isnt a raster editor, it's a vector editor and if it did everything well, we wouldnt need photoshop. So, drop your object into photoshop, apply the gaussian blur then, then drop it back into Illy.
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