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How to change DPI on illustrator iPad app?

New Here ,
Nov 05, 2020 Nov 05, 2020

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Hello I recently got the new illustrator app on iPad, I love it but I see that it is automatically saving every file at 75 dpi. What's up with that! I need to adjust that but I can't find the setting for it when I start my design, also if I import a design from a 75 dpi resolution into a higher dpi file will there be an issue with resolution? I'd hate to have to redo my whole design again..thanks for the help guys

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 05, 2020 Nov 05, 2020

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Illustrator for the iPad is completely vector based. There aren't even pixelbased effects. Vector files don't have a resolution. So why do you thinkyou need tochange the document raster effects setting (because that's what this value is)?

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New Here ,
Nov 05, 2020 Nov 05, 2020

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Hm ok, I guess I'm just confused then cause it shows the dpi as 75 only and I am wanting to do a tshirt design and submit it as a png to teepublic. I just don't want it to look bad cause they recommend it be at 300 dpi

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 06, 2020 Nov 06, 2020

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The dpi/ppi setting doesn't matter anyway.

 

Set up a document that has the correct pixel dimensions and then just export. Illustrator on the iPad doesn't offer any options when exporting, so you need to get the document size correctly when you set up the file. The artwork then of course needs to be as large as the artboard.

 

The printer should be able to tell you the pixel dimensions. All this talk about dpi doesn't matter when the pixel dimensions match their specifications.

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New Here ,
Dec 17, 2020 Dec 17, 2020

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If you are exporting an illustrator file for print it definitely matters what the dpi is. Yes, it being vector based you can scale without loss of sharpness if you are working in a vector program but once you export for printing it changes. I've had the same issue trying to create a business card design using the exact measurements that it will be printed at and there was pixilation when uploaded to print because I can't adjust resolution. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 17, 2020 Dec 17, 2020

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It's not about the correct dimensions, it's about the correct pixel dimensions.That is a different thing.

 

But when you are delivering something fo print, then why do you export pixels at all? Send them a PDF.

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New Here ,
Dec 17, 2020 Dec 17, 2020

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It doesn't matter if it's a pdf. Do you use illustrator for print? Every printer I work with requires 300dpi/ppi or higher. If you are using it for screens or to scale larger in another vector program it doesn't matter but for printing it 100% matters. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 17, 2020 Dec 17, 2020

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Do I use Illustrator for print? Well, yes, I do. I've been sending files to print for the last 30 years.

 

Is there a raster image placed in your Illustrator file? If not, then there aren't any rasters in your PDF, because Illustrator on the iPad doesn't have raster effects. And then resolution doesn't matter for your PDF.

 

You might want to learn how resolution works.

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New Here ,
Jan 26, 2021 Jan 26, 2021

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Can you please stop spreading wrong information.. OFC the dpi matters as for some printing companies we are required to deliver exactly 300DPI not more and less will affect the printing quality. Trying different resolutions without an exact DPI export is a waste of time. There is a reason why illustrator on pc can export by dpi settings and that iPad illustrator can't is a lack of functionality. Ofc you can just make it 8k ultra hd to be sure it's above 300 but some companies don't allow you to upload such files per terms 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 27, 2021 Jan 27, 2021

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Then just calculate the exact pixel dimensions and create the file in exactly that size. That really isn't rocket science.

 

But you can also use this calculator:

Enter the size of the desired output and the resolution and get the pixel dimensions

http://www.photokaboom.com/photography/learn/printing/1_calculators.htm#Print

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 15, 2020 Nov 15, 2020

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I have the same issue... if it is totally vector based without any need for adjusting resolution, why does it display the file info as "72dpi?" We think we need to change it because there is zero indication of what the actual dpi is or that we dont need to change it. The current setup males it look like it is 72dpi. And at this point i cannot be sure what it is until i send the file to my printshop app, get that set up and see if it complains about the file being too low res. That is a total failure in design of the app imo. If it gave no dpi info at all it would be far less worrying than giving us worrying info about a dpi that apparently isn't happening. 

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 15, 2020 Nov 15, 2020

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So... i exported my supposedly high res, "vector only" image and the output is 72dpi.@wesley98C6  I hope you had better luck. This ipad version is garbage. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 16, 2020 Nov 16, 2020

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Resolution is completely irrelevant for judging the technical quality of an image. Only thing that matters is pixel dimensions.

You could have a 30.000 ppi (it's ppi, not dpi) image, but it's still garbage, when there aren't enough pixels in it.

 

So set up your file large enough in Illustrator and then it doesn't matter which ppi Illustrator sets. The resolution is just metadata.

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New Here ,
May 16, 2021 May 16, 2021

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I just submitted 46 files for a deck of cards from my iPad done through Adobe illustrator. The company has just responded back that the ppi is too low and that it needs to be at 300 or more. Am I supposed to tell this company that they don't know what they are talking about and that it doesn't matter? I came here to see if there was a suitable answer, and basically there is no way for me to submit my work unless i redo everything on the desktop?!? What is the point of doing it on the iPad if if have to redo everything just to save these raster settings that exist in the desktop but not on the iPad? Seems like it does matter if the printing company is asking for it 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 16, 2021 May 16, 2021

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If you're sending these files for printing, why wouldn't you send a PDF or an AI file? It seems counter productive to export a vector image into a raster format like PNG or JPG or TIFF and render all the vectors to pixels at that stage of the process.

 

 

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New Here ,
May 17, 2021 May 17, 2021

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I am creating the designs/art work directly from Ai on the iPad. I am also sending it as Ai to the vendor. Didn't work, so I sent it PDF, also didn't work. They said it must be 300ppi. I'm not sending anything as vector as they told me to send as Ai or PDF. There is a need to have the ability to change the ppi settings versus the 72ppi preloaded locked setting. 

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May 17, 2021 May 17, 2021

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What's in the file? Just vector artwork or also placed images?

 

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New Here ,
Nov 12, 2020 Nov 12, 2020

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If you go to the thread where Adobe has linked where you can report bugs/suggest features you can vote to add this feature! Someone already suggested it, so you'd just need to vote on it.

This upset me, too. I had already exported my design to do some edits in Clip Studio when i noticed that the resolution wasn't right 😓

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New Here ,
Nov 28, 2020 Nov 28, 2020

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This is really horrible product management on adobe's part to launch a creative app with only a low default 72dpi output. The app is completely useless if you cant export high quality. And for the price point, its a rip off

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 29, 2020 Nov 29, 2020

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The ppi is just metadata.

 

The quality of your file is only measured by the pixel dimensions. Set up a file with sufficient pixels in it and you're good.

 

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 19, 2020 Dec 19, 2020

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2A9C37D2-E614-48B2-A896-B86EA5BD9AB4.png
Monika...this is the kind of lowres PNG output we're talking about. Please familiarize yourself with the problem on iPad.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 19, 2020 Dec 19, 2020

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If you want to output a pixel file, then set up a document that has the pixel dimensions you need. And then you can output it in 72 ppi, because resolution just doesn't matter. All that matters is that there are enough pixels in your file.

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New Here ,
Dec 19, 2020 Dec 19, 2020

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Not to be rude, but is ppi (pixels per inch) or dpi (dots per inch) not the resolution of the document? That is what dictates your pixel density since you do not adjust the size of pixels. What makes your document look clear outside of vector images is the ppi, or in simpler terms the resolution. The higher your ppi the clearer your document will be, and the lower the fuzzier it will be. Please stop misleading the people who are here looking for answers.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 19, 2020 Dec 19, 2020

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What makes your document look clear is enough pixels.

I could create an 8 by 8 pixels document with a resolution of 30000 ppi. Do I get a better image with that? Certainly not. I get a clearer image when there are more pixels in it.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 19, 2020 Dec 19, 2020

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Hi Monika...the issue being discussed here is peculiar to Illustrator for iPad. The desktop version gives you the option to create your output file in whatever ppi you choose regardless of the document dimensions. The attached image was created in the desktop version at 100 pixels square but output at 1000ppi which resulted in a file that's 1389x1389 pixels. The iPad version does not have this functionality yet and We The People who shell out a large chunk of cash each year for Adobe products think we deserve a better iPad app since it has been soooooo long in coming. One workaround is, as you mentioned, to create your document in the pixel dimensions that you want to output but it's much more convenient to be able to create your output file to fit it's intended uses regardless of the document size.

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