How to Check the DPI of an Image in Adobe Illustrator CS5

How to Check the DPI of an Image in Adobe Illustrator CS5

I use Adobe Illustrator every day in my work for Resource Marketing. Sometimes while using Adobe Illustrator you need to check the DPI of an embedded image. I knew how to check the DPI of embedded images in previous versions of Adobe Illustrator, but when CS5 came out I was stumped. That’t because there is no help listed for DPI in the help menu, and the actual operation is hidden in a menu in a menu in a menu. I searched on Google for the answer and I couldn’t find it. After finally tracking down the answer I decided to make it available here for users of CS5.

Here is how you do it:
  1. Select the image on your artboard
  2. Window menu -> Enable Document Info
  3. Click on the Document Info tab in the floating window (not Attributes)
  4. Click the disclosure triangle and select Embedded Image

You must have the image selected for this to work. If you were stumped before, now you know why. Click on the image above to see a higher res version of all the menus, and the complete image. I figured I might not be the only person wanting to figure this out, so I put this tip up for others in the same boat. If you find it helpful, please leave a comment below and/or link to this article.

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  1. April
    November 18, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    It is also possible to have this information at all times. If you go to Window menu>Enable Control bar. The ppi is available when you clicked on any raster image.

  2. March 20, 2012 at 11:38 am

    thank you, great instructions! I “inherited” a file with an embedded image. This is VERY helpful.

  3. Peggy
    August 6, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Thank you very much, that save me so much time going back and forth between the photoshop and illustrator!

  4. Laura
    March 19, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    OMG….thank you! I’ve been going crazy trying to figure out where this setting is. Thanks for saving me some time.

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