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One of the hidden gems of Adobe Illustrator has to be the custom views feature. When we're working with documents, especially complicated ones with multiple art boards and elements, you may find that you need to constantly zoom in and out on certain elements in the document. Unfortunately, even for the most seasons of veterans this is a tedious task. However, with custom views inside of Illustrator you can create instant shortcuts to various points in your document making it super easy for you to get where you need to go. Let's take a look. First of all, I need to show you exactly where the Custom Views menu is.
If I come up here to the View menu and go all the way down to the bottom, you'll see that I have two options here for New View and Edit Views. This is where I go to create my New View and also where I would go to edit any existing views that I have. Let's go ahead and find a specific area that I need to create a custom view and then we will worry about these options. I will click away to close that. Now I will grab my Zoom tool. First of all, I want to create a view were I am zoomed in right here on the logo and then I will go to View > New View, and I'll call this Logo Zoomed, hit OK.
Now I can go back out, and let's move over here and let's say that wanted to take a look at this piece of artwork here. I will go to View > New View and I'll call this new view Splatter Paint, hit OK. Now I will zoom back out, let's move back over here. Let's create one more, go right here to the email address, View > New View and I'll call this Email and hit OK.
Now once I got my views set I can actually go up to the View menu and scroll all the way to the bottom, and you'll see my different views here. I can see Logo Zoomed, I can also go down to Splatter Paint and go back and find Email. What's great about this, is it also will remember the type of preview that you're looking at, at the time the view is defined. So for instance, I can go back over here to the logo, choose View and at the top select Outline Mode, and then go to View and go down at the bottom and select New View and call this Logo Outline, hit OK, and now watch what happens when I switch views.
I will go back to View menu and I'll choose Splatter Paint. Splatter Paint looks normal, I go back to Logo Zoomed, Logo Zoomed looks normal, but if I go back and I find Logo Outline, it automatically zooms me back to that and sets me into Outline Preview mode. So you can utilize these different custom views inside of Illustrator to view your artwork in a variety of different ways and configurations. So now that you know how to utilize custom views in Illustrator, you'll be able to access various parts of your next project with relative ease compared to using the keyboard or constantly switching tools.
Remember, I'm a big believer in increasing productivity and this is a surefire way to do just that.
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