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I'm a newbie in graphic design. when I do my design in illustrator I create a big artboard usually 800X500px, but I don't use all the size. So what should I do to get an image of exactly of my design. For example I create an artboard size 800X550px after I do my design the size is only 300X300px, so I need to have a png file size 300X300px.

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Object > Artboards > Fit to Artwork Bounds

This will resize the artboard to match the size of the art.

Be aware, this command does not "see" effects items which may alter the boundaries of artwork. For example, a fill which has an effect applied to it that makes it move outside its containing path or a stroke aligned to the outside of a path, or a drop shadow. If you have those elements in the artwork you will need to manually resize the artboard. However, using the menu command to first get close, then manually moving necessary artboard edges can be helpful.

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Alternatively, pasting it into Photoshop does give you the correct bounding box. – KMSTR Apr 22 '13 at 7:24
You can also save as copy and keep artboard option unselected. – John Apr 22 '13 at 17:40

Use the Artboard Tool.

When you have it enabled, you can hit enter to input exact dimensions. Alternatively, when you have it enabled, you can double click a shape or part of a group to size the artboard to that shape/group.

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