How to change Artboard size in Illustrator in 2 Easy Ways

In this article, we will look at How To Change Artboard Size In Illustrator. As an all-around graphic designer, I have used Illustrator for different purposes. What is an artboard in Illustrator?

Whether you are creating print-intended files like fliers, posters, and banners, or digital content, you have to use artboards if you are using Illustrator.

You will also need to know how to change artboard sizes to match different purposes.

Size is a key aspect of design and resizing artboards to portrait or landscape orientation or A4 or A3 poster size and any other sizes needed. When working as a graphic designer in Illustrator, editing artboards is a daily activity.

Knowing how to do it comfortably will save you a lot of time. Here is how to do it.

Change the Artboard size in Illustrator from the Artboard Menu

If you have opened a file that already has an artboard, go to Window> Artboards a pop-up menu comes up.

From the Artboards panel, click the icon on the far right of the panel to bring up the Artboard options menu.

Change Artboard Size In Illustrator

When you click on it a pop-up menu comes up with the document set up. You can then set the size from here.

When you use this method, you will not be able to set the units of measurement from this menu. For example, the units are in pixels.

To change the dimension units, click CTRL + R or CMD + R on Mac, a ruler will pop up on the edges of the page.

Right-click on it and set your desired units, for example, inches or millimeters.

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Click and Drag the Option to Change the Artboard size

The second method is easy to follow. Just click shift+o and you will notice a marquee around your selected artboard.

Change Artboard Size In Illustrator

Click and drag on the edge to change the size. To select the other artboard, click on it. Check out our last article if you want to duplicate or add another artboard.

How to Create an Artboard In Illustrator

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When you open the software, you will have a blank grey screen. At this point, you have no working space and you need to create a new artboard as you start your project.

To create a new artboard, simply open Illustrator. Go to File>New or Control+N on PC or CMD+N on MAC. A pop-up window will prompt you to input the number of artboards or workspaces you want, size, and units of measurement such as millimeters, centimeters, Picas, and other settings.

There is also an option to choose the color modes you want, whether RGB or CMYK, plus the resolution you want.

The orientation helps with landscape and portrait artboards and you can switch as you want. A bleed area is a small area outside the artboard that helps avoid a white line forming when printed work is trimmed.

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FAQ about Artboards in Illustrator

  1. How can I change the artboard size in Illustrator?

    Open your Illustrator document.
    Go to Window>Artboards to open the Artboards panel.
    Double-click the “Artboard” icon.
    A pop-up window comes up and you can adjust the width and height of your artboard.
    Input the values you want for the width and height.
    When done, Click OK to save the changes
    Your artboard is now resized.

  2. What is an artboard in Illustrator?

    An artboard in Illustrator is where you will create your design elements. An Artboard represents the printable area or page. Design elements on an artboard can be saved and exported in various formats for different uses. You can set the size and orientation as you like.

  3. Can I create many artboards in one Illustrator document?

    Yes, you can create many artboards in a single Illustrator document. To do this, Use the Artboards tool. Bring up the menu by going to Window Artboards. Select the artboard you want to duplicate. Click the three lines on the top right of the artboard panel and choose duplicate artboard. Alternatively, you can simply click Shift + O hold down ALT, and then click and drag on the artboard.

  4. What is the maximum size of an artboard in Illustrator?

    227 x 227 inches is the maximum size of an artboard in Adobe Illustrator. To work on larger files you can use a scaled-down proportionate page.

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Written by: Denis Maina

I am an experienced and skilled graphic designer with a strong focus on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. He specializes in creating a wide range of design materials, such as digital art, business cards, stationery, logos, flyers, posters, banner ads, brochures, PSD templates, and other graphics.

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