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.

    • Swainhart
      January 20, 2015 at 10:11 am

      I went crazy too, and when I figured it out I posted the solution just to help people having the same problem.

  5. January 7, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Very helpful information. I just migrated from Corel draw and the dpi info is just there infront of you when you click a image. Still learning Ai. Any other tips would be great like how to release multiple clipping mask together?

    • Swainhart
      January 20, 2015 at 10:12 am

      I am not really that much of an expert. We use AI every day, but my designers are better at it than I am. I will ask them if they want to do some guest posting.

  6. January 20, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Big help, thanks so much.

    • Swainhart
      January 20, 2015 at 10:12 am

      You are welcome.

  7. Natalie
    April 27, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Extremely helpful. Thank you for posting!

  8. Mike
    April 15, 2016 at 10:55 am

    For 300dpi just paste in scaling 416.6666667
    And its perfectly fits.

  9. Melissa
    May 15, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks! Just helped me immensely with a bunch of photos that were inserted into various Powerpoint, Illustrator and Word. Saved me time for sure by just copying and pasting with that menu up.

  10. October 4, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    Holy Cow! Was I in a bind and needed quick info, when I found your how-to! Thank you!

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