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I'm trying to work with this photo in Illustrator CC, but there is this black box in the center of the page. I tried ignoring it but when I save my image, it only saved whats in the black box....yet I can't seem to decrease the size to just the box. I'm sure there is a very simple reason for this but I can't figure it out. I'm self taught with Adobe so some basic things have been caught later on (and usually when I'm under a deadline). enter image description here

  • Thank you! I know this is an elementary question but...for the sake of guessing-I basically either need to reduce the image to fit OR increase the size of my artboard, yes? Thanks again! – LeighAnne Turner Jul 19 '14 at 2:01
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Select the photo.

Choose Object > Artboards > Fit to Artwork

The "black box" is your artboard (canvas).

  • alternatively one can resize the picture to fit the artboard size... – Ilan Jul 19 '14 at 4:43
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@scott is right, this is your artboard. Just a little bit more information as per your comment: if you want to keep the size of the image, you want to change the size of the artboard.

You can do this by finding the artboard button:

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...and then either:

  • double click on your image (should there be more than one element, you might have to group them first).
  • use the handles on the artboard to alter the size manually.

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