Checking Size of Artwork - Illustrator

Need help checking the size of your artwork?

Here's some tips, tricks and troubleshooting to get you through the basics of size checking in Adobe Illustrator.

I've started with a simple vector PDF file that I created in Illustrator. Since everything in this art is a true vector, it's going to be pretty seamless to check the size of the artwork. Lets start with opening our file -- You can either drag it into your AI application, right click > Open With > Adobe Illustrator or in Illustrator File > Open > Browse & find the document you would like to open. 

Next I want to make sure that all of my layers are unlocked. If they are locked you will not be able to select them and see what size they are. You will do this in your Layers panel. *If you don't have this open already you can find it under the menu bar Window > Layers. Mine is in the first section of my tools on the right hand side of the page. 

Now that all of the art is unlocked, we can Select All to find out the true size of the art. Keep in mind, we may have to go through some troubleshooting here! 

There are 2 ways I like to select all:

From the menu bar: Select > All

Keyboard shortcut: CMD + A

Once you have the size of your artwork selected, you should can see the size of your artwork listed in 2 places. 

One on the menu bar listed under W: x H:

The other you can find under your info box. You can find this by going to the top menu Window > Info. A little box showing X: Y: and W: H: will pop up. I like to use both and it may be handy if you are working on a small screen like a laptop. 

It looks like my artwork is around 227" high! It should be around the size of a postcard! Something went wrong in my artwork. Let's troubleshoot. 

First things first, I want to click off my artwork or deselect all and repeat the steps. If I am still getting the same size I know that there is something unwanted in my work space somewhere I need to remove. 

I'm going to use my zoom tool to zoom all the way out to see if I cannot find anything. You can find the zoom tool at the bottom of your tools palette. To have the zoom out (it should have a "-" not a "+") simply press OPTION while you are actively using the tool. 

The keyboard shortcut for this is OPTION + -

Zoom out, out, out, out. I found the culprit! There is a point at the top and the bottom of my work space causing the wrong size to be showing -- they are very small so I circled them for you to see. I'm going to deselect (click off my artwork) and just select and delete these 2 areas. 

Once this has been done I'm going to zoom back in either using the zoom tool (be sure that is it set to "+") OR keyboard shortcut CMD + 0 will zoom you back in to your artboard space. 

Ive gone ahead and Select > ALL or CMD + A to select all of my artwork. Approximately 6" x 4" is more like it! Now I have the right size of my artwork. If I need to change it I can do so in the top right hand corner where it lists W: x H: 

To be sure that it remains proportionate, be sure that the "link" between width and height is "connected" when typing in different sizes. 

Edit: Please note that on Windows computers CMD is equal to CTRL on the keyboard shortcuts.

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