Using the new Artboards panel
Video: Using the new Artboards panelOne of the big features that was added to Illustrator CS4 was the ability to have multiple artboards inside of a single Illustrator document. Now in Illustrator CS5, Adobe follows up with that by making it even easier to work with these artboards. For example, in this document, I have five different artboards that I am working with. I may be working with an overall campaign of different elements for the Hansel & Petal flower store, and it's really helpful for me to have all these pieces of art in a single document so I can easily share elements between them. Now we know when working inside of Illustrator, any time I click on artboard, that artboard becomes the active artboard.
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In Illustrator CS5 New Features, author Mordy Golding discusses noteworthy features and improvements in the latest upgrade of Adobe's vector graphics editor and drawing program. This course includes overviews of perspective drawing, expressive bristle brushes, and variable-width strokes, as well as anti-aliasing features for web design, a new Artboards panel, improvements to symbols and drawing modes, and integration with Adobe Flash Catalyst. Exercise files are included with the course.
- Creating complex art from basic shapes with the Shape Builder tool
- Transforming flat artwork using perspective grids and vanishing points
- Creating variable-width strokes
- Controlling dashed line length, corners, and gaps
- Creating original brushes using the Brushes panel
- Adding arrowheads to strokes
- Creating web-ready graphics, text, and slices
- Integrating with Flash Catalyst
Using the new Artboards panel
One of the big features that was added to Illustrator CS4 was the ability to have multiple artboards inside of a single Illustrator document. Now in Illustrator CS5, Adobe follows up with that by making it even easier to work with these artboards. For example, in this document, I have five different artboards that I am working with. I may be working with an overall campaign of different elements for the Hansel & Petal flower store, and it's really helpful for me to have all these pieces of art in a single document so I can easily share elements between them. Now we know when working inside of Illustrator, any time I click on artboard, that artboard becomes the active artboard.
I also know that in order for me to make adjustments or edits to artboards themselves, I enter a specific mode called Artboard Edit mode. I can do that either by selecting the Artboard tool in the Tools panel or I can use the keyboard shortcut Shift+O on my keyboard to enter that mode. As you can see, here as I click on an artboard, that artboard becomes the active artboard, and I could change its settings right here from the control panel. New to Illustrator CS5 though is the ability to assign a specific name to each of these artboards. It's important to realize that in Illustrator we do not necessarily think of artboards as pages, like you might think of pages, for example, in InDesign.
That's because each piece or each artwork or each artboard that I am working with may represent different parts of a project that each of different needs or setting or as you can see, here different sizes and orientations. In the upper left-hand corner of every artboard is a number, which identifies that artboard and its name. The reason why the number is important is because when I am printing this document I am still going to be printing pages 1 through 3. So, each artboard does need to have a number assigned to it, but in this example here, let's rename some of the artboards so that they are more meaningful.
This one here is simply used for branding, so I am going ahead and specify a name over here called Branding. These are some occasion cards, so I am going ahead and name these Occasions. Next, I will name these Gift Cards over here. This artboard is filled with a whole bunch of different Seed Packets, so we will ahead here and we'll type that in here as well. Finally, this one here is some gift certificates. So, I call this one Certificates. Now that I have assigned names to these artboards, they are more meaningful as I work inside of Illustrator.
How are they more meaningful to the work that I do? Well, let's take a quick look. I am going to jump over here. I am going to exit Artboard Edit mode simply by selecting any other tool, or I can also tap the Escape key on my keyboard. If I come down here towards the bottom of my document window, I will see there is pop-up here that will let me actually jump between these different artboards. While that's really nice, one of the most impressive things that has been added to Illustrator CS5 with regards to artboards is a brand-new panel called the Artboards panel, which allows you to control your artboards in a far more intuitive manner.
First, notice that by simply double- clicking on any of these, it actually focuses and zooms in and fills the screen for each of those artboards. So, if I want to jump to a specific artboard, for example, the Gift Cards, I simply come down here, double-click on Gift Cards, and I am ready to go. You also have a really quick way to create new artboards or to delete existing artboards. It's important to know that when you delete artboards, Illustrator will never delete the artwork that appears in that artboard. It will simply remove the artboard itself from beneath that artwork. Now, one of my most favorite things about the Artboards panel is the ability to rearrange or reorder the artboards.
You see, until now, Illustrator always adds artboards, and it numbers them in the order that you create them. That means that one artboard that you create is always going to be page 1 and the next artboard that you create is always going to be page 2. For example, if I zoom out over here and reposition this on my screen, this artboard may look like it's the first artboards of my document, but really, it is the second artboard that I had created in this document. To rearrange or reorder my artboards, I can simply click and drag inside of the Artboards panel to adjust them. For example, I will move the Occasion cards to be the second page of my document.
The Gift cards will be third, followed by the Seed Packets and then the Certificates. Finally, if you'd like to adjust any of the settings for an artboard, you can click on these icons right in artboards panel to bring up the dialog box. So, as you can see, with Illustrator CS5, it's really easy to use artboards and manage your artwork in an intuitive way.
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- Q: In the “Mapping flat artwork to perspective grids” video, directions for moving a box in a perpendicular direction say to use the Tilde key. However, upon attempting to move the box using this method, the box continues to move in the same plane, not in a perpendicular fashion. Is the technique in the video incorrect?
- A: Adobe changed this keyboard shortcut just before the final release. The shortcut is the "5" key. The video tutorial has been updated to reflect this.
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