In the following tutorial, you will learn how to change the canvas size in Illustrator.
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What You'll Learn in This Tutorial
- How to change the canvas size in Illustrator
- How to change the artboard size in Illustrator
1. Canvas vs. Artboard
First things first, let's see what the difference is between a canvas and an artboard in Illustrator.
The artboard is where you create your design, and it's the area that's exported once you decide to save your artwork. The Width and Height that you set when creating a new document dictate the size of your artboard.
The canvas is the black space surrounding your artboard. As long as the artboard size does not exceed 227 in, the canvas size will always be 227 in.
2. How to Change the Canvas Size in Illustrator
Increasing the size of your artboard to 228 in (or higher) will automatically change the canvas size in Illustrator.
A 228 in (or higher) artboard will increase the canvas size to 2275 in.
Creating a set of artboards that exceed the 227 in limit (when combined) will also increase the size of your canvas.
Keep in mind that 2275 in is the maximum limit. It's highly unlikely that you will need such a large workspace, but this is also the limit for the artboard size.
3. How to Change the Artboard Size in Illustrator
If you need to adjust the artboard size, you can either select the Artboard Tool (Shift-O) and adjust it manually or you can click the artboard button from the Artboards panel (Window > Artboards) and adjust the size numerically.
Congratulations! You're Done!
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