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I am trying to create a save the date invitation. The bride wants the invitations to have rounded edges of about .5 inches. Is this something I can do to the art board itself, or do I just create a rounded edge rectangle, put my art on that, and specify to the printers how to cut the art?

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You can't round an artboard.

You could use a rounded rectangle, but you shouldn't.

Corner rounding on the printed piece is handled after the piece is printed and when it is being folded and cut.

Design with square edges and don't do anything to indicate rounded corners. Then tell the printer you want the corners rounded when they print it. (note, this may increase printing costs.)

  • To Scott (can't comment yet, sorry): What if it's for web/devices and not print? Surely it's usable there; how can you make your artboard corners rounded, or rather, fit the shape of a rounded rectangle? – yoaquim Mar 3 '15 at 3:03
  • If you want rounded edges for electronic devices you can set a round edge rectangle that fills the art board and export as a PNG to preserve transparency. You still can't make a rounded art board. – AndrewH Mar 3 '15 at 3:59
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    @yoaquim all digital images are rectangular. All of them. You can only use transparency in areas you want to appear absent. You can't round artboards. You can create a rounded objects and save it with transparency so the corners appear not to be there. – Scott Mar 3 '15 at 12:44
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Scott is correct that AI artboards cannot be rounded. If you are creating for web, I would suggest rounding corners in CSS, so design as you would in print with square corners. If you are creating for devices… I don't know. BUT, if you must round corners in AI, you do that to a rounded corner rectangle (or use live corners as in recent versions). From there, you create a PNG or SVG with transparency.

If creating a PNG, you can “Save for web” and uncheck the “Clip to artboard” check box (near the sizing options). If creating an SVG, it is important to use an artboard at the exact width & height (in pixels) as your graphic.

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