How to Set the Size of a Rectangle in Illustrator

A rectangle is a four-sided shape with its opposite sides being equal in length. The size of a rectangle is typically measured by its width and height.

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Introduction

Illustrator is a vector drawing program that allows you to create images that can be scaled to any size without losing quality. When you first open Illustrator, you’ll be greeted with a “Welcome” screen that gives you the option to create a new document.

Setting the Size of a Rectangle

When you set the size of a rectangle in Illustrator, you have three options: width, height, and corner radius. You can set any or all of these options by selecting the Rectangle tool in the Toolbox and then either entering values in the Control panel or clicking and dragging on the artboard.

Width and height: To set the width and height of a rectangle independently, select the Rectangle tool and enter values for width and height in the Control panel. (You can also click and drag on the artboard to create a rectangle of a specific size.)

Corner radius: To set the corner radius of a rectangle, select the Rectangle tool and enter a value for corner radius in the Control panel. (You can also click and drag on the artboard to create a rectangle with rounded corners.)

Maintaining Proportions

There are two ways to set the size of a rectangle in Adobe Illustrator while constraining its proportions. The easiest way is to select the “Scale Proportionally” checkbox in the Transform panel. This ensures that the width and height of your rectangle change at the same rate, so it always stays in proportion.

You can also hold down the Shift key as you drag one of the corner handles to resize the rectangle. This method also constrains the proportions of your rectangle.

Changing the Size of a Rectangle

There are two main ways to change the size of a rectangle in Illustrator. First, you can use the Scale tool to resize the entire object proportionally. Or, second, you can change the width and height values directly in the Transform palette.

To resize a rectangle using the Scale tool:

1) Select the Scale tool from the Tools palette.

2) Place your cursor on one of the corner points of the object.

3) Click and drag until the object is resized to your desired size.

To change the width and height values directly:

1) Select the object you want to resize.

2) Open the Transform palette by going to Window > Transform.

3) Enter new values for either the width or height, and Illustrator will automatically adjust the other dimension proportionally.

Conclusion

You can set the size of a rectangle in Illustrator by selecting the object and then entering the desired width and height in the Transform panel. You can also scale the rectangle by choosing Edit > Transform > Scale.

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