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In Illustrator CS5 Essential Training, author Mordy Golding explains the core concepts and techniques that apply to any workflow in Illustrator, whether designing for print, the web, or assets for other applications. This course includes a detailed explanation of the elements that make up vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each of the Illustrator drawing tools. Also demonstrated are techniques for combining and cleaning up paths, organizing paths into groups and layers, text editing, working with color, effects, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.
With Illustrator CS5, Adobe has given us a few new copy and paste options that work very well when using multiple artboards. Let's take a look at these. I am going to create a new print document, and I'll specify about four artboards with spacing about 18 point. And I'll choose this option for layout Arrange by Row. In fact, you know something, let's actually use one of these options of grid. Let's do Grid by Row. I'll have two columns set up, and I'll click OK, and we can see that I now have four artboards inside of my document.
I am going to create some artwork. I am going to take a regular rectangle and draw it just about right over here, and I'll give it a yellow fill because yellow is my favorite color. And I'll show you that maybe I want to take this piece of art and right now exactly in the same position that it's in I want to paste it onto this art board so it appears in the exact same position on this artboard. Now, normally, when I copy a piece of artwork by pressing Command+C and then I paste it by pressing Command+V, it pasted it in the center of my screen.
Well that doesn't really help me. So I am going to press Delete. I am going to click on this object, Command+C to copy it, but now if I go to the Edit menu, I'll see a new option here called Paste in Place. That lets me paste artwork directly in the same place that it currently is. However, right now, I'm on this artboard. What happens if I now click on this artboard and now this artboard becomes the active artboard? Well now when I choose Edit > Paste in Place, it paste it in the exact same place but on this artboard.
And I can do the same thing for other artboards. For example, right here I can choose Edit > Paste in Place, and now I see that its gets pasted in the exact same location on this artboard. Well, I must actually going to delete these for a moment here because I want to show you one other option. If I select this right now and I choose Edit > Cut, instead of copying it I am just going to cut it completely, there is another option here where it says Edit and I can choose Paste on All Art Boards. And when I do so, that piece of art now appears in position on all the different artboards.
So when I'm working inside of Illustrator and I am using multiple artboards, I can use the Paste in Place command, and I can also use the Paste in All Art Boards command.
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