Post # 1
OK – I’ve never used Illustrator until this morning. I’m using it to make my table numbers and menus. Both of which will be on a table tent. I made my menu design on an 8 1/2 x 11 (normal paper size) workspace. But I need to scale all elements down to 5×7 (menu paper size). I’m sure its easy to do – but I have no clue.
When I start the table numbers, can i just make the initial workspace 5×7? when i tried to open a "new" canvas (or whatever they call it), I could size it but only by pixels. I have no idea!?!?
Any help is much appreciated. I’m having a hard time finding basic help online re: something that is probably really easy.
Post # 3
ok – i figured out how to change size of workspace. sorta. oye. guess i will keep fiddling around with it!
Post # 4
It’s document size, the work space includes the area outside the document area also known as the artboard.
Post # 5
You can also change pixels to inches in the Preferences menu, if that helps!
Post # 6
yeah, i finally figured that one out!
Post # 7
Hi Katie —
Don’t forget: you need to change BOTH the document size AND the print area — otherwise, you’re likely to end up w/ your menu printed somewhere truly odd.
So, change the artboard size under "Document Setup" (tip: you can type in "5 in" and it’ll change it by itself to pixels, etc.) THEN go to "Print Setup" either from the "Document Setup" panel (it’s a button on the right), or through the file menu (same place "Doc Setup" is). Select your paper size. If the two don’t match, you’ll probably only get part of your document printed, or it’ll be weirdly centered.
You probably noticed the dotted lines about .25" in from the edge of your artboard — that’s the print margin. Make sure you also select the printer you’re going to use ’cause some printers don’t have an even .25" margin all around (our color printer at work, for example, has a massive .5" margin on the bottom, and .25" on the other 3 edges). You can move the print margins by holding your cursor down on the the little hand tool icon on the toolbar (lower left) — you’ll see a bunch of new icons pop up. The 2nd one (a funny dotted line rectangle w/ a plus in the lower left) is the print margin tool (that’s what I call it, anyway). You can use this to move the margins around. I find it especially useful for doing proofs and not wasting my smaller, good paper — you can set the print size for regular paper, and then center your artboard in the print margins so you can take a good look at everything before using the real stuff.
Hope you find this info helpful!
Post # 8
yes, that was definitely helpful. now my biggest issue is that my darn laser printer 1) won’t allow me to custom size 5×7 and 2) is leaving roller marks and smudges all over paper source luxe paper.
wonder if kinko’s would print ’em?
Post # 9
Ooooh, that really stinks. I feel ya. Our printer at work refused to let me do custom size paper (I needed to do small card envelopes). Do you have the latest driver for your printer? I didn’t…so once I did that, it *did* let me print a custom size.
Also, sometimes it "hides" the custom option somewhere in a wacky place in the Properties menu/button on the print dialogue screen.
Any chance you could get paper that’s regular letter sized and print 2-up and then trim?
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2018 - The Rivers Club
FYI, In the past Kinkos would not print on paper I was planning to supply. (It was just standard cardstock, but they wouldn’t anyway.)