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.
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Glad to hear this is under review! I *would* use raster formats, if such a thing was available. For large format photographic work, I would export tiffs. Because this feature doesn't exist, I often export as .eps, but exporting as .tif would allow for more straightforward post-export file checking.
To answer your questions:
1. my workflow in this scenario is to lay out artboards, to scale, of the architectural features to which I'll be applying graphics. Imagine, for example, three drywall panels with mullions between each, sized slightly differently because of variations in installation. I then scale the artboards up by half an inch on all sides for bleed, place my graphic such that it overlays all artboards, then export and check "use artboards." Typically there's not much that happens after that – I check dimensions and resolution and send to print.
2. The maximum size should be infinity. That's the whole point of this thread. I regularly work on floor layouts for buildings that are many hundreds of feet in each dimension. But conceptually, with vector graphics, we should be able to draw a shape 2 inches wide or 2 miles wide with no discernible difference. That's why we use vector graphics to begin with!
3. Large scale photo/sign printing typically uses 100dpi, though 300 is ideal if you have the source resolution to accommodate that. Smaller scale photo prints often go up to 600 or 1200.
I mainly use Illustrator for large-scale banners, rarely do I use JPEG or other raster files for large scale. Thanks for your work on this!
If you build larger artboards will Acrobat be able to use them upon export to PDF? Currently anything over 200 inches gets cut off. If you don't fix that then adding this functionality is pointless.
In Addition to this, can you allow bleed settings to go over one inch? Once inch restriction has always been a head scratcher.
We use the export function. Typically no higher than 200 dpi.
Artboard size, Max I'd like to have at least 480", but that's a rarity. Minimum we use is 1" x 1" on small jobs.
Most of our files make their way into photoshop after export before we send to various printers.
We use Photoshop to rasterize vector files due to it's superior bitmap engine.
If I build a giant sign in illustrator, often I'll export a jpg using the "save for web" feature, making sure neither length nor width is over 4000px. Then I take that jpg into Photoshop (as the .ai is waaayyy to big to do this) and Photoshop the .jpg into a photo to show clients what the sign will look like in place.
The print shop I used to work in, the wide format printer would only take .eps files, and occasionally .PDFs . And we would almost always use illustrator, occasionally Photoshop, and never InDesign for sign projects.
For what it's worth—
We use raster formats only for printed graphics, usually TIF files, and we use only InDesign for these kinds of projects.
We use Illustrator for work requiring larger canvases—banners, signs (an example of a completed project is attached), exhibition properties, etc. For these kinds of projects—which may be up to 60 feet long—everything—type, graphics, etc.—is vectorized. In the rare case where we need a raster image, we place a TIF or PDF file at appropriate resolution.
1. Export to PDF to send to company to print
2. 6,5 meters 1:1
Morten T commented
One input for those three:
1: It would almost always be final output for press/print
2: Around 20 meters 1:1
3: 150ppi, but that is very project dependent. Wouldn't export something 20 meters wide in 150ppi
Lyle Booth commented
Can adobe make everything bigger?
If yes, then do it.
Kate Phillips commented
Very excited to see a large canvas. I don't mind doing half-scale banners or projects, but it's very frustrating when a client sends me a 1:1 vector I can't use ("can't move it off the workspace"), and I have to ask them to scale it - it makes me look like I'm not the professional! Signage and large-scale graphics really can use this large canvas.
Dude, seriously? Shut it.
It's great but not really enough to feel comfortable with 1:1 scale large graphics. Is there a certain reason it's just 2270 inches, not 3000 or 5000?
THAT IS AWESOME!!! I am downloading the new version as I type this.
THANK YOU FOR LISTENING ADOBE!!!!
Bug: left side ruler tries to render every inch even at minimal zoom and becomes unreadable.
When I manually resize the artboard, the dimensions in the Application Bar while in Document Setup always read as W 227.5417" x H 227.5417". (High Sierra)
This is wonderful news!
Andy Arkley commented
One bug I noticed.
1. Run Object > Convert to Large Canvas"
2. If a layer is turned off when you run this command- and then you turn it on - it's massively oversized.
Also - cutting and pasting between documents is weird (especially if one is a large canvas)
Edward Marks commented
I use Illustrator to create artwork for large murals and sculptures, and I have to use various hacks to make these work, some of which are quite annoying.
I also print stencils onto paper from a large format printer, and I am limited in how long I can print not by the paper or printer but by Illustrator, which is insanely frustrating.
I have no need of any bitmap/raster or pixel effects. I would be happy to disable those once the canvas exceeded a certain size.
Aaron Thesing commented
Having a Large Canvas option would work for 99.99% of our workflow needs (making letters for signage).
We don't use bitmaps/rasters or any pixel effects, so we don't require Pixel Preview Mode.
This Large Canvas option would prevent us from having to do any of the 1/10th scaling workarounds like we currently do.
I would like this option!