Artboard size cannot be bigger than canvas size

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Hi Ally,

When I try to increase the work area in Illustrator, I ended up with an error message. What is mean by canvas size? I do not understand the error message. Someone please explain it detail, is it possible to increase the work size? How do I increase the size? Help please. Thanks a lot.

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Artboard size cannot be bigger than canvas size.


Answered By 10 points N/A #187934

Artboard size cannot be bigger than canvas size


In Illustrator Artboard  is the space that holds your artwork . so if you want to set your  Artboard size then go to File-Document Setup-Artboard, and in the newest version by double clicking the Artboard Tool. Or if you want to custom the  size of  Artboard to match the size of your work then go to menu Object – Artboards – Fit to Artwork Bounds.


Now if you want to change your Canvas size , follow the following steps:-

1.   First open your file.

2.   Now go to Document Setup and a dialog box will come. On this box change the unit to inches and then click on Edit Artboards.

3.   The Artboard Panel will come where you can now change your canvas size.

Put your desired size by typing on the width and height columns in the box.

4.   There’s  also another option— click on Presets and then go tot Fit to Artwork Bounds.





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