I have the following artwork in the latest version of Illustrator CC:

artwork in illustrator

Ignore the black rectangle, I only added that so that you and I can actually see the artwork (not sure if there is a better way).


How can I export this artwork with the following criteria:

  1. Height: 40px
  2. Padding top and bottom: 12px
  3. Padding left and right: 0px

As PNG format.

Is this doable? I cannot find any of these things in the export window.

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Yes it's doable.

  • Create a new document (or an artboard) the size you want in pixels.
  • Switch on the rulers, and add guides for the padding.
  • Enable the pixel preview
  • Paste your artwork, resize/position as necessary.

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  • Edit the artboard size so that there is no gap left or right.
  • File > Export > Export for Screens (or you can use Save for Web and use the "clip to artboard" option)

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  • I see, so from the start, I have to set out everything the way I want it ending up. I couldn't get what I want right at the export step?
    – J86
    Feb 1, 2018 at 11:25
  • @Ciwan Well, since there are no options to add these specifications at the export stage, using the artboard, and positioning/scaling it, and using guides are the options I would choose to get the job done.
    – Billy Kerr
    Feb 1, 2018 at 11:47
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    @Ciwan BTW, you don't have to create a new document, you can add additional artboards in your main document to use for this purpose.
    – Billy Kerr
    Feb 1, 2018 at 11:49
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    I suspect you want to use that PNG for web design purpose. In this case, I would advise to export your PNG at the right image size and then use CSS to add padding (or margin)
    – Vinny
    Feb 1, 2018 at 12:08
  • @Vinny yes, adding padding in CSS would be better for websites.
    – Billy Kerr
    Feb 1, 2018 at 12:42

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