I'm going nuts for not being able to solve this Illustrator mystery.

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  1. 66217 Guest

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    So I had a lot of free time today and I started playing with Illustrator creating various documents with different page sizes.

    And then I thought I would measure a document size at 100% zoom, to see if it was the same size I had selected when creating a new document.

    For example:
    I created an Illustrator document with these measures: Width: 2 inches, Height: 2 inches.

    And then I zoomed 100% and measured the black square. and to my surprise it measured: Width: 1.3 inches, Height: 1.3 inches.

    Why? Does it has something to do with my display setting?
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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  3. 66217 thread starter Guest

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    But that shouldn't be affecting the measurements, should it?

    Because I changed that and I still get the same.:eek:
     
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  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I want to say there's some way to identify the screen resolution, though, so that you see images 1:1... hmm.... in at least some versions of Photoshop, there's a preferences setting to define the default screen DPI for new images. But I'm not sure how to define the DPI for old images.
     
  6. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    With my ACD I have to view Illustrator (and other) documents at about 140% to see it "actual" print size. Almost all applications are the same way.
     
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    You know, now that I think about it, this is probably also the reason why MS Office is difficult to use at 100% on a Mac and looks more or less like it does at 100% on Windows when it is at 125% on the Mac....
     
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    100% refers to screen pixel preview, so will vary from monitor to monitor. Great for previewing screen based graphics, never accurate for print.
     
  9. stuntborg macrumors newbie

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    When you say "measure" the object, do you mean hold a ruler up to the screen? I don't think it'll ever accurately match up that way...
     

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