can anyone help me out. I would like to rezise my canvas in Illustrator and I dont know how to do that!
Why: I'de like to fit my AI design on to an other AI, real size object and the Illustrator canvas is to small to handle the design in a proper way. So my design is to large to fit the real obeject. the question is therefor how can I make my Canvas larger?
Hope for your support and help.
Gert van de Cappelle
There is no canvas in Illustrator.
In Illustrator you have the (about) 227" x 227" Workspace, and inside that the Artboard, which corresponds to the page (in print), and which holds the artwork that is printed or saved as PDF; in the newest versions, it is also used to crop for exporting artwork in other formats. You set the Artboard size with File>Document Setup>Artboard, or in the newest version with the Artboard Tool (DoubleClick).
I've been tooling around the internet for a while now looking for answers and I was wondering if you could help! Do you know of any way to change the size of the default 227 inch workspace?
There is no way.
Have you seen this post, which came after your post here?
Even in .ai cc 2017 - no way to make a very large size file to accomodate a real-size object. Looks like it has to be done in Pshop. Too bad since I love using illustrator for design projects. (fabric and garment) If anyone knows something new please post! Thanks
I wonder if anybody know if there is a possibility to change the art board size symmetrical !
The same way when we hold the option key to resize a rectangle object symmetrically.
Thank you so much, I found your answer very, very helpful.
You are welcome, ofee.
I had the same issue when designing a banner with a size of 5800 mm x 2400mm . the same box popped up when i clicked create because it surpasses the canvas size limit. However, what you can do is create a new artwork and set the size to a smaller ratio. Basically what i did was set the size by 50% smaller ratio making the art board dimensions 2900 mm x 1200 mm. After I sent it to the printing company, I specifically told them that the artwork I sent to them is in a 50% ratio and that they would have scale to rescale it back to its original size to print.
Just wanna say this is wrong. There IS a canvas in Illustrator. The Artboards are contained within the canvas. And while artboards are essentially the same thing as a canvas in photoshop. Saying that a canvas does not exist in Illustrator is incorrect
'Canvas' is a relatively new term in Illustrator, and it has spread around inconsistently since 2010 (when Jacob posted that message). Many users would have been more familiar with 'pasteboard' or simply 'work area' as Jacob said, but they are all the same thing.
This is incorrect, at least in CS4. When I try to resize my artboard to outside the boundaries of the canvas area I receive the notification that I cannot do this. I am attempting to resize my artboard to a specific size that is outsise the canvas area and am finding nothing in any settings to change the canvas area dimensions. I am assuming this is not possible.
What was incorrect exactly?
What size artboard do you need to create? As Jacob said, the maximum is 227 inches square (until the 2020 version at least).
If there's no canvas in Illustrator, how come I get an error message saying, "Artboard size can not be bigger than CANVAS size", when I try to make a large artboard?
Because whoever started using the term, in error messages and/or elsewhere, had failed to realize it.
Some day, (almost) everyone may use this basically misleading term with its implication of a (non existing) background, and we shall have to really waste time in the Illustrator forum explaining that there is no background (of any colour) in an Illustrator file.
Here is just one of many threads over there in the past, showing that it had not crept in in CS4:
There's no point in being rude to people bro. get over yourself.
its a canvas.
I just had the same problem, I know it's 10 years after the original post... hahaha
Just group all the items that you have so that they can go beyond the canvas, then make a new file with an artboard the size of that and your canvas will stretch to that size, though not a lot more. Then copy and paste into the new file.
I just made a file 16K + pixels high and it worked.
Hey there Gert,
You can resize the canvas by going to File > Document Setup. In the top right hand corner of the dialogue window there's a button that says Edit Artboard. It will then highlight the artboard selected. You can then press Enter (Return) and it will open up the Artboard Options where you can change the size, orientation, etc.
You can also select the artboard using the "artboard tool" located in the toolbar which looks like a square with little tick marks at the corners. In either case the artboard options will also show up in the top bar if you want to quick adjust items without having to go into the dialogue window.
I'm using CS5 on a mac but I'm assuming the process is at least somewhat similar.
Hope this helps!
Thanks Ben! I was looking for this answer.
Yes! Thanks for asking this question and for Ben's answer - super helpful.