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.
Louis Morales commented
Can we add a feature in Illustrator that allows bigger Canvas sizes? The current max size is 227 x 227 inches / 577 x 577 cm. My team and I are currently working on an exhibit design that needs Graphics that are well over that max size of 227 x 227 inches / 577 x 577 cm. It would be great to be able to make artboards at any size needed project per project.
Hope this can be done,
MJ Low commented
I develop graphics for museum exhibits, including wall-sized murals, banners, and other large environmental graphics. Many of our graphics are odd, non-rectilinear shapes; for these we have to scale our architect's drawings to get an accurate shape. This scaling obviously creates issues, and we've been hoping for this update for years.
I've installed the build (24.1), and overall the large canvas feature appears to be working. However, right off the bat, I noticed oddities with how the build handles font size (see attached screenshot). Manually entering a point size works as intended, however using the dropdown menu causes Illustrator to multiply the size by ten.
Tom M commented
to anonymous - bit of a narrow minded approach, sounds like the juniors need to be trained in vector rather than penalising the program.
Been following this discussion for a while now, I think it's good that something is being done about this but also disappointed that it's not a proper solution - from what I've seen and heard it seems to be a bit of a get-you-by bodge that changes the scaling of the existing canvas to appear bigger. I still maintain that the best approach for this would be to allow users to select their canvas size and zoom level. Then if working on a small icon, the program will be fast and efficient, if working on a full size bill board than it's also possible even if the user suffers in memory and processor usage. (if you're regularly working on massive raster designs than expect to have to get a computer with the processing power to back it up)
good luck all.
I have no intention whatsoever to receive and handle full-sized billboards with 300dpi raster from juniors.
For those who lack this option: scale your designs. Or switch to Corel Draw.
I have build 2 of large canvas installed and working. If I try to create a new file it rescales the artboard to the 227" normal limit. Just creating a normal size file, converting to large canvas, and changing the artboard size works every time. To the guy below (Jonny), if you convert the document you are copying from to "Large Canvas" before copying and pasting into another "Large Canvas" document it is scaled properly.
I got it working.
Major problem I have is that if you copy an asset from an ai file with the original max canvas area and paste it into the new, larger canvas area. It treats it as though it's being pasted into the same size canvas that it came from.
So copy a 3,000 x 3,000 mm asset and paste it into the larger canvas, it ends up being 30,000 x 30,000 mm.
So my guess is the canvas are hasn't changed at all. Which explains the reduced zoom limit.
illustrator is simply amending the scale it displays to you.
I was able to use up to 10x normal sizes.. i had one artboard that was 2000 inche wide and 300 tall. which is awesome!!
How do you do this?
I've tried in both 24.1 and 24.3
The size limit is still 227in x 227in
I have been testing out the 24.1 Build 1
in regards to the Large Canvas Functionality
When I start a new document and assign artboards as 250" x 250" and ask for 10 artboards
it creates artboards that are 227.54" x 227.54" instead
This is the only issue i have experienced so far
Looking forward to using this in the upcoming public release!
Why isnt the larger canvas showing up with 24.1 Build 3?
Qwasar, they are working on it. There is a beta version of 2020 you can download and try out.
So pleased to finally see movements to improve the total canvas and individual dartboard size limitations.
will be testing shortly
Qwasar Trinity commented
Sometimes I really need more space than 227 inches, but I can`t. WHY?? Is it too difficult to make the limit say about 700-800 inches? Why I can do it easily in Corel Draw for example? But that software havent some of important possibilities of the Adobe illustrator.
Please expand the limit more than 227 inches!
I work for a printing company and all I need is to export banners. My workflow is seriously hindered by not being able to have my workspace the correct size and then having to export at a low res. Please get to work on this as opposed to creating new features.
Definitely needs to be removed so larger banners can be printed directly from Illustrator. I'm going to hold on on the 24.1 version as there are always some issues with each new release. I think I can live with this for a little while and see if the 24.1 is more stable before I cause myself more grey hair.
Robbie Bouchoms commented
Is it possible to make a artboard larger then 577.9558 cm? I need a make a file that is 1100 cm long (433,07"). Is that possible in a way or is there a solution that I can make it in scale 1:10 and save it with at original size?
@Davey Morgan. We recently did a banner 90" x 57". The type was vector-ized, and a JPG image was 56" x 75", 62.6 MB, 72 ppi. It looked good, but the viewing distance was typically about 20' away. If closer (as in an office), we probably would have increased the rez.
Davey Morgan commented
I need a size of 457.50" x 118" for a mural in an office. I need to export it as a JPG.
My Beta lost the ability to create artboards beyond the typical 227. If I type in larger dimensions I get the error message "Artboard can not be created beyond the canvas bounds." and if I drag the size larger I get a different error message, "Artboard size can not be bigger than canvas size."
Version listed in Finder as 24.1.0 and on the splash screen as 24.1 6@177427
I did a test with the preview, saving a really large AI file and opening it in the current version of Illustrator just to see what would happen. It basically saves the file at 10%, so when you open it in any old version that how it shows up.
Could you add some kind of functionality in large canvas mode where it saves large files with some kind of indicator that shows up in older versions to let people know the file is scaled down? Maybe just a "Scale: 1:10" textbox at the bottom just off the artboard, something like that.
I can see a future where co-workers or clients open design files and don't know they're scaled-down, leading to a bunch of confusion or possible production errors