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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.
When you're working inside of a document, you can take advantage of a new feature added to Illustrator CS5, something called the Artboards panel to help manage the Artboards in your document. I'll open up the Artboards panel, which appears right here. In fact, I'm just going to bring it up over here, so we can take a better look at it. Let me expand it somewhat. I can see that I currently have several Artboards inside of this document. I've applied names to them as well. By double-clicking on any of the names of the Artboards inside of the Artboards panel, Illustrator takes me directly through that Artboard, and has it fit the screen.
So it's a great way to navigate between Artboards by just double-clicking on the name itself to go to that Artboard. Notice that these Artboards are in a specific order. They're numbered so that I'm able to actually print them out with page numbers inside of the Print dialog box. However, I may want to reorder these Artboards, and I can do so very easily just by clicking and dragging the names around inside of the Artboards panel. For example, right now the Certificates is page number 5. But I can drag that up so that it now becomes page number 3.
I'm going to choose View, and then choose Fit All in Window, so I can now see all of my Artboards, because I want to show you that the Artboards panel also gives me the ability now to rearrange the Artboards in my document. I'm going to go to the flyout menu here, and I'm going to choose Rearrange Artboards. This dialog box shows up. It tells me there are currently 5 Artboards in my document. I can choose a Layout for how I want these to be aligned. If I want to make things a little bit more neat, for example, I can choose this option right here, Arrange by Row.
Add a certain amount of Spacing, maybe I'll choose here 24 points. And I want to make sure that I'm also moving the artwork along with the Artboards. So now I'm going to click OK, and Illustrator automatically lines everything up for me very nice and neatly. So when you're working inside of a document inside of Illustrator, the Artboards panel can be really handy in helping you manage your Artboards.
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