I initially drew a picture in Illustrator at 700 x 1270 pixels at 300 ppi. Unfortunately when converting...the pixels come out at 2915 X 5289 because of the 300 ppi. This is waaaay too big for the project I am working on. We need the pixels to be EXACTLY 700 X 1270.

72 ppi does not have this pixel conversion issue. I want to resize my illustrator document at 72 ppi. I know from now on I need to just start ALL my documents out in 72 ppi. It makes the pixels accurate to the initial size.

Now the only problem is with this first file I have at 300 ppi. When I try to just copy the inital illustrator file (2915 X 5289) into another illustrator document with 72 ppi- it automatically converts the ppi to 300 making the image larger again...

How can I just change the ppi of the illustrator document? Like resizing a photoshop document to be smaller? Is this possible?

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    Illustrator is vector based. There is no inherent PPI setting involved (outside of raster effects). You should be able to export at any pixel dimension you desire. – DA01 Dec 11 '14 at 18:29
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    You did not "draw a picture in Illustrator at 300ppi". As other comments point out, Illustrator is vector based. What you've posted doesn't make a great deal of sense when considering this. – Scott Jan 10 '15 at 23:19

Short Answer

File > Save for Web > Image Size

Change the dimension you want in pixels and your document will be exported properly.


Regardless of the document resolution you chose at the creation time, the export to JPEG or PNG depends on your export settings.

When exporting JPEG from illustrator, a Dialog box opens that offers to export artwork in different ppi. If the size of your artboard is the same in Pixels as you want the size of the image after exporting. Use 72 ppi as the export settings.

To view your document size in pixels, there are a couple of ways.

File > Document Setup > Units > Pixels

You can also open the Rulers in illustrator (CTRL+R win / CMD+R mac) right click and the scale and choose pixels as the units.

Then use Artboard tool or hit SHIFT+O and your artboard size will be displayed in pixels in the top bar.

If the document size in pixels is different then the document size you want as final image there are a couple of options.

  1. Scale up/down the artboard with artwork.
  2. Calculate the scale factor for bigger artboard to export as smaller jpeg.
  3. Use File > Save for Web > Image Size

select the image, click object > rasterize, then input desired ppi.


Open an Illustrator document and look 3 spaces over from the top left corner, it should say PPI. You can change these options prior to creating a document or clicking Document Setup > Transparency settings for vector/raster transparency. Your best option is to copy and paste it into a new document. Open > New > ADVANCED (drop down) > Raster Effects > Drop down select. Then just paste your images into the new doc. Hope this helps.


Just open your illustrator file in Photoshop and resize it and save in the desired format... CC sweet. Remember Adobe Illustrator is vector based and Photoshop is bitmap.

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    that's not really necessary, see comments under the question – Luciano Feb 2 '17 at 15:56

It's simple. When you export the file, you define the resolution to screen (72 ppi): Menu > File > Export > choose the format you want > Resolution: screen (72 ppi)

  • The Document Raster Effects Setting only adjusts raster effects such as drop shadows, glows, etc. It does not "change the resolution of the document". – Scott Jan 11 '15 at 18:59
  • I've to agree with you. It was a coincidence to change the resolution at "Document raster effects settings" and the default resolution of exporting files be the same. Thank you for correcting me. – Raquel Fantasia Jan 12 '15 at 21:30
  • This is a Question & Answer site, not a forum. If your answer is wrong, correct it (so long as not then a duplicate of another), or delete it. – user66001 Jul 17 '19 at 20:42

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