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This course reveals how designers can create vibrant web graphics, wireframes, and complete web site mockups with the strong layout and color management tools in Adobe Illustrator. Author and Adobe Certified Expert Justin Seeley covers topics such as building responsive layouts with artboards, producing custom color palettes and swatches for web graphics, and making vector shapes and text that seamlessly scale. The course also explores adding drop shadows and other live effects, setting up interface elements such as forms and tabbed interfaces, optimizing and exporting different types of graphics, and speeding up your workflow with reusable image sprites and Smart Objects.
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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