The white box is showing what the art board size is when I open the PDF in illustrator (To edit). Yet when I go to place the PDF in a new document, the size changes. It is not saving he white/blank space on the art board, and just saving it to the art that's in the file. It's an illustrator setting, because when I open it in acrobat, it shows the white space included.

My last step in pre flight is throwing it in a new doc to make sure the sizing is correct, and there's no hidden layers that show up for print.

The obvious solution is to just add a white box in my art file, but I would like to know a fix that doesn't include that.

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Select the correct option when placing the PDF:

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  • Bounding Box
    Imports based upon the bounding area of the artwork in the placed file (sounds like what you're using)
  • Art
    Imports based upon the artwork edges in the placed file (could also be what you're using)
  • Crop
    Imports based upon crop marks within the placed file if they exist, otherwise uses Media
  • Trim
    Imports based upon trim marks within the placed file if they exist, otherwise uses Media
  • Bleed
    Imports based upon the defined bleed size of the placed artwork, if defined, otherwise uses Media
  • Media
    Imports based upon the artboard (or page) size of the placed file.
  • Is there a way to set it to default? I usually just drag and drop from the folders.
    – Christian
    May 1, 2018 at 23:14
  • @Christian To the best of my knowledge it stays on whatever you set it to. So use File > Place for one file and set it accordingly, then you should be able to drag/drop with the same results.
    – Scott
    May 1, 2018 at 23:52

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