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Simulating pages with artboards

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Video: Simulating pages with artboards

Throughout this course you have seen me use artboards for everything from creating a responsive web design to laying out an image sprite grid and all the things in between. But one of my favorite uses for artboards, especially when it comes to web design, is to stimulate multipage layout. In Illustrator we don't have the ability to create multiple pages, just like we don't have the ability to do that inside of Adobe Photoshop, but we do have the ability inside of Illustrator to create these artboards which allow us to mimic a multipage layout, and that's exactly what I use them for most often.

Simulating pages with artboards

Throughout this course you have seen me use artboards for everything from creating a responsive web design to laying out an image sprite grid and all the things in between. But one of my favorite uses for artboards, especially when it comes to web design, is to stimulate multipage layout. In Illustrator we don't have the ability to create multiple pages, just like we don't have the ability to do that inside of Adobe Photoshop, but we do have the ability inside of Illustrator to create these artboards which allow us to mimic a multipage layout, and that's exactly what I use them for most often.

So in this movie I'm going to show you how to quickly and easily manipulate the artwork that you've already created and turned it into a multipage layout faster than you probably thought was possible. So I need to have my Artboards panel open and if you need to find that, it is in the Window menu, underneath Artboards. And there are a couple of ways that you can do this. I'm going to show you first the long way and then I'll show you the easy way. The long way would be to just come down here and create a new artboard. It would automatically clone the same artboard to the right. And then I could select all the images here and paste them over here and that way I could duplicate all the master elements that I need.

But that's not exactly how I like to do it, so let's take a look at how I like to do this. I'll delete this artboard here, and I'm going to zoom out quite a bit. And once I zoom out, I'm going to lock the Guides layer so that I can't touch those. And then I'm going to select everything on the screen and I'm going to grab my Artboard tool. You can do that with Shift+O on your keyboard or simply by clicking the Artboard tool. And then watch out easily I can duplicate this entire thing. I'm going to hold down the Shift key, the Option key on Mac, the alt key on PC, and then click and drag this to the right.

And then I'll release my mouse and release the keyboard keys, and now I have duplicated that spread, just like that. Let's say I wanted another page. That's no big deal. I'll just Shift, Option or Alt, click, drag, release my mouse, release the keyboard keys. Let's create some down here: Shift, Option or Alt. If you can't get the snap in the right place, let go over the Shift key temporarily, and then we'll snap in place then let go of your mouse, then let go of your Option or Alt key, then Shift+Option+Alt. And one more.

I've now created six pages which I can start putting content on. And I can name those pages anything I want, so the first one of course would be the Home page. And then we could go to Artboard 2. Let's say that's going to About. And this will be my Store page. This could be my Blog. The next one could be Support, and the last one could be Contact. Just like that. You will notice something else. As I zoom in on Artboard 1-- I'll double-click Home to zoom in-- there are couple of things that are missing.

Most notably the navigation bar. Why is that? If I look in the Content, chances are you are going to see that the menu bar was locked, and so what I need to do is unlock that, select it, copy it, double-click About, Edit > Paste in Place, and then I can simply maneuver it back by using the Command or Ctrl key and the left bracket key on my keyboard, and I'll move it back to where it needs to go, back behind the logo.

I'll go to the Store page, double-click, Edit > Paste in Place, and I'll send it backwards, just like so. I'll go to the blog. This time I'm just going to hit Shift+Command+V or Shift+Ctrl+V on the PC and send it back. Double-click Support, Shift+Command+V, move it back a few times until it goes behind a logo and again that's just Command+left bracket key. Double-click to Contact page and again Shift+Command+V, and then Command+left bracket or Ctrl+left bracket.

And then once I get that in place, I now have a six-page layout all ready to go. I could add in my guides for the rest of these pages as well, but this is by far the quickest and easiest way to duplicate your elements into multiple pages inside of Illustrator, and really set up a fully functioning mockup/prototype that you could showcase to your clients or the other developers in your work group.

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Illustrator for Web Design

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  1. 1m 13s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the exercise files
      23s
  2. 43m 51s
    1. Designing for screens
      1m 57s
    2. Decoding screen size and resolution
      2m 40s
    3. Exploring the Illustrator to HTML workflow
      3m 42s
    4. Setting up Illustrator for web work
      6m 55s
    5. Creating a new document for web
      6m 25s
    6. Creating a new document for mobile
      3m 31s
    7. Using artboards for responsive layouts
      7m 42s
    8. Creating email newsletter documents
      4m 31s
    9. Working with Pixel Preview and anti-aliasing
      6m 28s
  3. 25m 28s
    1. Adjusting color settings
      6m 47s
    2. Understanding web color
      3m 47s
    3. Creating a color palette
      5m 4s
    4. Creating custom swatches
      4m 50s
    5. Working with fills and strokes
      5m 0s
  4. 13m 15s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    2. Renaming and grouping layers
      7m 54s
  5. 24m 5s
    1. Drawing simple shapes
      4m 16s
    2. Working with Pathfinder
      5m 4s
    3. Using the Shape Builder tool
      4m 33s
    4. Creating symbols
      6m 24s
    5. Editing and replacing symbols
      3m 48s
  6. 20m 22s
    1. Planning your project
      2m 56s
    2. Using guides and rulers
      5m 56s
    3. Developing a layout with shapes
      6m 21s
    4. Using a grid system
      5m 9s
  7. 25m 53s
    1. Exploring the rules of typography
      4m 1s
    2. Using text as text vs. using text as an image
      3m 37s
    3. Understanding web-safe fonts
      1m 46s
    4. Creating and using paragraph styles
      5m 16s
    5. Creating and using character styles
      3m 2s
    6. Simulating the CSS box model
      8m 11s
  8. 21m 17s
    1. Understanding object appearance
      4m 43s
    2. Applying and editing live effects
      3m 34s
    3. Creating and using drop shadows
      3m 13s
    4. Creating more flexible rounded rectangles
      3m 17s
    5. Saving appearance as graphic styles
      6m 30s
  9. 35m 57s
    1. Starting with a wireframe
      5m 23s
    2. Adding master elements
      6m 45s
    3. Creating navigation buttons
      13m 34s
    4. Working with photographs
      5m 50s
    5. Simulating pages with artboards
      4m 25s
  10. 54m 45s
    1. Creating video placeholders
      10m 33s
    2. Creating buttons
      13m 1s
    3. Creating form fields
      8m 15s
    4. Creating radio boxes and checkboxes
      5m 11s
    5. Creating progress bars
      10m 12s
    6. Creating tabbed interfaces
      7m 33s
  11. 35m 28s
    1. Understanding slicing
      3m 26s
    2. Slicing up a mockup
      3m 6s
    3. Understanding web file formats
      5m 33s
    4. Exploring the Save for Web dialog
      3m 50s
    5. Optimizing photographs
      4m 29s
    6. Optimizing transparent graphics
      4m 43s
    7. Saving Retina display graphics
      3m 46s
    8. Exporting SVG graphics
      6m 35s
  12. 9m 29s
    1. Understanding image sprites
      3m 4s
    2. Creating a sprite grid
      4m 36s
    3. Optimizing sprites for the web
      1m 49s
  13. 15m 29s
    1. Placing Illustrator Smart Objects
      3m 22s
    2. Sharing color swatches between apps
      2m 9s
    3. Exporting Illustrator artwork as a PSD
      3m 49s
    4. Importing artwork into Fireworks
      2m 41s
    5. Exporting HTML from Illustrator
      3m 28s
  14. 1m 19s
    1. Taking the next step
      1m 1s
    2. Goodbye
      18s

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