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How do you get a shape like this (excuse the hand drawing but it gives you a visual):

Width: 7 inches

Height: 5.1 inches from the middle, but as it goes to the left and right it ends at 2.75"

How to setup and get this shape?

Thank you and please excuse my absolute lack of knowledge.

  • Duplicate post: Custom Size in Illustrator
    – Joonas
    May 27, 2020 at 7:17
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    Probably no reason to close this question because he posted an exact duplicate, but I just wanted to publicly shame OP for leaving his previous question to rot and then just lazily posting the same question again.
    – Joonas
    May 27, 2020 at 7:25
  • I'd say lets not be so critical, the interface could be confusing to some new users, so double posting could just be an accident. With the added image, the question became very clear and valid in my view, so I provided an answer.
    – Lucian
    May 27, 2020 at 8:06
  • @Lucian, I do agree that Q&A format is weird at first, and when a question gets closed it's not necessarily incredibly clear what you should do. What bothers me personally is users who post questions and don't try to have any kinda conversation about it and just let the question slowly fade away or possibly get closed. It's made even worse by posting a duplicate afterwards. — Not sure what you mean by an added image? It's the same exact post with the same image, It's just rotated this time.
    – Joonas
    May 27, 2020 at 9:03
  • What I mean is, in the original form of the duplicate, there was no image attached, and that was really vague. I also voted to close the other question, but then he did make an effort to come back, edit and post this sketch, which clarified the issue, and that's when I came up with my answer below.
    – Lucian
    May 27, 2020 at 9:20

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Not a very detailed guide, but hopefully you can figure this out:

  • create a new document and make it 7 × 5.1 inches
  • hit M then click anywhere on the page and type 3.5 × 5.1 inches. Click Ok
  • this creates a rectangle of 3.5 × 5.1 inches
  • duplicate this by Alt+dragging, then you'll have two rectangles, each sized 3.5 × 5.1 inches
  • select one rectangle and align left & top to artboard
  • same thing for the other rectangle, right & top to artboard alignment
  • hit A then select the corners and move their Y value to 1.175 inches (top corners) and 3.925 inches (bottom corners)

illustration of original sketch

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