Remove canvas size limit
Can we please have the possibility to set bigger canvas size to incorporate large sized artwork.
(Please note: This item is NOT for more number of artboards per document)
We have launched this feature in the latest release of Illustrator, 24.2. I request you to try out this feature and give us your feedback.
Moving on is easier said then done though isn't it? And Adobe know it. Despite how much I abhor Adobe's attitude to customers and software development, I do have to grudgingly admit that the Adobe ecosystem is useful. It's definitely on the cards for the team here, but I think for any team bigger then 5 people, transitioning is at least a 6 month process. However it seems worth our while moving on despite that: we have far too much downtime that is caused by dysfunctional Adobe software. Just need to schedule it in carefully and do our due diligence.
Jason, everything you listed are an adobe problem, not an adobe user problem.
If they can't keep up, we all need to move on.
Jason McMinn commented
David - there is no such thing as "unlimited canvas" in graphics apps without going to a completely different graphics rendering like vector tiles that you see in mapping apps. That is not Illustrator.
By the way, Figma has a maximum canvas size around a60k x 260k pixels. Figma has the advantage of being recently built (since 2014) in a 64 bit world versus 1990's like Illustrator.
Kathy K commented
I'm so happy that Adobe went to an annual user fee so they could supply users with regular updates and new features as they came out! It's so awesome... Instead of having a stable version of the software that I could use for years without upgrading if I didn't want to, we all get to pay-per-use for software that upgrades with glitches and issues and tools that use different pre-sets than the ones we have been using for the previous 20 years. Plus, request for fixes and upgrades are regularly overlooked and ignored. The minor patches and upgrades are hardly worth all the extra money everyone is now forced to pay. It's been a total cash grab for Adobe with not much benefits to users or incentive for Adobe to provide better features. Why should they? They get our money regardless. They don't have to provide updates or new features. Who cares if it takes 10 years to introduce a new feature? They still get the same amount of money from everyone. That's what happens when the bean-counters take over. Innovation and creativity gets squeezed out.
Bradley Smith commented
David - Great example of Quark.
I was on the phone with an adobe rep for illustrator and he did not seam to care about my complaints. He did not even know about user voice. I gave him a list of problems Him:"ill bring these complaints to my team". Me:"please let me know what you have". him"reading his list..." me"wow you skipped over 5 items that are the most important. please use user voice to take what is the most needed." him:"whats user voice" me facepalming. "the app adobe setup to take bugs and user requests". so my verdict of adobe is they no linger care. or hire people that do not do there jobs.
David Galliford commented
Can you completely remove the canvas max limit? Much less expensive services, like Figma and Sketch, allow for an infinite area outside of the art board/frame. For some unknown reason, Adobe products limit our capabilities - or force us into a hack like using ratios (scale everything down 75%). Even XD, which directly competes with Figma/Sketch, has a max limit. Please Illustrator team, listen to your customers. You only need look at what happened to Quark, an industry leader who refused to listen to its customers.
Ernest Warnielius commented
The canvas size increase works - mostly. I think its a bit of a workaround. If you make canvas over 227.54 in some plugins will interpret the dimensions at 1:10 scale.
I export vectors to a plotter via a SUMMA Winplot plugin - if the canvas is (or ever was) over 227.54 in the output will cut at 10% scale. You have to make a new file less than 227.54 in.
This also happens if you need to open a CC file in CS6 (as I do sometimes) it will be 10% scale if the original file was ever over 227.54 in.
Not perfect but a step in the right direction.
Fe Almeida commented
Very very not intuitive, I can CREATE a Biggest "Canvas", but if you have a tyne artboard and like change to a Big canvas, Illustrator CRY.
Why not remove this hurdling? Show Warning messagens to help us to solve probblems like this.
Messages like: "this size is impossible in this document, create a NEW FILE with size you like, some options not work properlly" Something like this!!
Nancy Barcenas commented
you can not edit or change the canvass size of adobe illustrator but you can create a new document by entering your desire bigger art board size and the canvass will be much bigger. For example 50meters x 50meters art board size and the canvass size will be 58meters x 58meters.
It's been updated finally in illustrator with a canvas size of around 164 feet. That's such a huge improvement. Awesome.
Corel draw is indeed the way.
Time to hit adobe where it hurts - subscriptions.
This is not good software.
Hello, all of you unhappy Illustrator users who have along with me been requesting adobe for half an eternity to remove the canvas size limit and they are simply deaf.
There is a far less painful and simpler way to go about this. Migrate to Corel Draw ASAP! I think I was crazy when I went from Corel Draw to Illustrator nearly 10yrs ago. Never been happy since. I guess I just did it because I already have been a user of adobe creative suite for yrs.
But in all honesty illustrator does not even begin to compete with Corel Draw - and as far as canvas size limitations I don't know if there is a better vector drawing program out there.
Hope this helps.
Valerii Mamedov commented
Can I point out that you did not complete the initial request by making a canvas a little bit bigger? Whoever approved a completed state on this issue needs to reevaluate the initial request by reading it careully.
Also the use cases layed below in the comments are not covered at all.
Kathy K commented
Adobe doesn't have to care about your request any longer. They no longer have to prove that updates are worth paying for. You pay regardless so there is no incentive for them to spend time to make the changes you want. I'm sure the accountants are only allowing fixes and tweaks to keep the software running. Max profits, minimal efforts until the entire thing is gutted and people start leaving.
Is it just me that sees something odd here? The request we all voted on is to "Remove canvas size limit".
The answer from Adobe is, "We'll make the canvas a bit bigger but we're still going to limit you".
And look, someone has got the cheek to mark it as "Completed" - which is funny because the original request I voted for hasn't been completed. Also plenty of people experiencing glitches with the larger format workaround.
Adobe, please can you change the status of this to: "Temporary workaround in place to shut most of you up while we argue about who's turn it is to get more coffee"
Please don't sit back and rely on this glitchy workaround to keep us happy for the next 10 years. Would very much like to see this request completed properly. Really hoping it will be in my lifetime.
Jeron Kuxhausen commented
You know instead of forcing to start with a canvas above a certain size you should give an option to change the scale in an existing and new documents. Would make this much easier to access
Robin- Start a document larger than 227 inches
Robin Clymans commented
So, can someone post how to do this. I read that it's possible in the latest version but can not find how.
OK.. I just made a new document at 10000x10000mm. Edited the artboard to 4000x5600 and saved too PDF.
going to try this method for all jobs 5000x5000mm in future and see how it goes..
SVP créer un canevas de travail de 500 pouces x 500 pouces (500'' x 500'') pour créer des visuels grand format sans avoir à se mettre à l'échelle 1/10. Merci!