Finding Dimensions in Illustrator.

If a customer sends their artwork to scale, finding the dimensions is fast and easy.

illustrator Once Illustrator is open, click File < Open, and navigate to your file and hit Open. Once your file is open, hit Alt + 0 on PC or ⌘ + 0 on Mac to bring the artwork to front and center.

Hit Ctrl + A on PC or ⌘ + A to select all the art in your file. Look in the top bar or Transform window and you'll see the width and height of your selection.

Dimension Select
Hit Ctrl + A on PC or ⌘ + A to select all. in the top bar you'll see the width and height

Dimensions in Metric or Pixels?

If your dimensions are in Metric or Pixels you can easily change them to inches by going to File < Document Setup... and change your Units to Inches.

Document Setup
File < Document Setup... and change your Units to Inches.

Often times we get weird files that are in masks, or locked layers, or somehow else not easily selectable. A great trick is to create a new layer Create New Layer

Create New Layer
Click on the Create New Layer Icon Create New Layer

Now simply select the Rectangle Tool (M) Rectangle Tool and click and drag to draw a box over your image.

Box Dimesions
Rectangle Tool (M) Rectangle Tool and click and drag to draw a box over your image.

After drawing the box in the top bar or Transform Window you'll see the width and height of the box you drew which should be the correct dimensions.

Finding Dimesions in Photoshop

There are many ways to find dimensions in Photoshop, the easiest is to crop the artboard to fit your image, then view the image size to see the dimensions.

photoshop Once your file is open, hit Alt + 0 on PC or ⌘ + 0 on Mac to bring the artwork to front and center.

If the size of your file is larger than the artwork within, use the crop tool Crop Tool and drag the borders to fit your image. Hit Enter to crop your image.

Crop Window
use the crop tool Crop Tool and drag the borders to fit your image. Hit Enter to crop your image.

Once your image is cropped, navigate to Image < Image Size... and the size of your image will be displayed.

Image Size
Image < Image Size... and the size of your image will be displayed.

This is a great time to double check that your image is of proper resolution and a usable file as covered in the Vector Vs Raster Lesson.

Next Lesson. Resize Artwork