How To Change DPI In Illustrator

When we generate a document, file resolution isn’t something that we think about. The good news is that changing the resolution in Adobe Illustrator is really simple, and we’ll teach you how to do it in the following article.

Click “Advanced Options” from the “New Document” window and choose a resolution standard from the “Raster Effect” drop-down list. Additionally, you may access the “Document Raster Effects Settings” from the “Effect” item in the menu to see a more thorough copy of the exact settings. This would extend to all raster images on your page.

Here’s a detailed guide on changing the DPI in Illustrator.

Guide To Changing DPI In Illustrator

Let us first clarify why this software employs PPI rather than DPI before we move on:

PPI stands for pixels per inch, whereas DPI refers to the number of ink dots on a printed image. However, you’ll see that the resolution in DPI remains the same if you export a 300 PPI image and afterward view it in Adobe Photoshop. 

Additionally, there are two ways to define raster DPI: The first determines the document’s overall rasterized graphics resolution. The second method picks out only one object and rasterizes it separately. Although the raster has its own DPI, it does not impact other items’ resolution.

Now that you are aware of every detail let’s move forward.

Don’t forget to check out this video for more information on how to change DPI in Illustrator:

Step 1: Create New File

To view the menu bar that appears when you generate a new file, select “File” from the above menu, then click on “New,” or press “Ctrl + N” (or “Command + N” on a Mac) as a shortcut.

Step 2: Preset Settings

Next, select “Advanced Options.” This selection is just underneath the “Bleed” settings on the same menu bar. The setup options will appear when you click on them. You’ll observe that the “Color Mode” and resolution are already preset. It should state more precisely: Color mode: 300 PPI, CMYK.

Step 3: Choose Settings

Choose a preset option for the raster effect PPI. Navigate to the “Raster Effect” selection, which is next to “Color Mode.” Three selections are available in a drop-down menu: high (300), medium (150 PPI), and screen (72 PPI).

Step 4: Apply Settings

Select “Create” All raster images generated on this page will already have the resolution you’ve specified. This does not prevent you from making changes after entering it, so don’t hesitate to hit the “Create” button. At this point, you could be done. 

However, if you need to modify the settings after saving the document, you have more options to think about. Please go through all of the steps to get a full picture of your options.

Step 5: Open Settings

Navigate to the “Document Raster Effects Settings” tab. Choose “Document Raster Effects Settings” from the top menu’s “Effect” section.

Step 6: Adjust DPI

Choose a preset or enter a custom DPI to determine your new resolution. Over there, you may select from the same three settings that you became familiar with in Step 3. If you select “Other,” you’ll get a field where you can type in a custom DPI value. 

Select your choice, and then click “OK” to save the modifications.

Step 7: Define DPI While Rasterizing A Single Object

You may select the resolution of a specific item with this option. Select “Rasterize.” Access the “Resolution” drop-down box when you’re in the “Rasterize” window to view all the options. And once again, you will have the choice to pick “Screen,” “Medium,” “High,” or “Other,” but this time, you will also have the option to choose “Use Document Raster Effects Resolution.” 

The DPI settings you selected in the earlier stages will be applied upon choosing this option. Select what you require and then click “OK.”

Final Words

It’s relatively simple to change the file resolution in Adobe Illustrator. Follow the steps in this article to make sure you do it right.