How can I remove the white rectangle created when opening a file? When I open an image in Illustrator, I see a small rectangle in the center of the image and when I save the image using "Save For Web", Illustrator saves only the part within the rectangle but I want save all of the image.


That's the Artboard and you don't remove it. You can make it larger or smaller by going to File > Document Setup and then click on Edit Artboards:

Document Setup Panel

Your artwork must be contained in the Artboard. I'd suggest you read the link above from Adobe to get a better understanding of this concept.


To expand a little on what Ryan said, there is a faster way to edit your Artboards. Simply click on the Artboard Tool and resize them to fit.


The even faster way is to automatically size your Artboard to fit your artwork.

I have this image of a tree that extends beyond my Artboard


Go to Object > Artboards > Fit to Artwork Bounds


And there you have it:


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.