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Sometimes, simple commands like Copy and Paste can have a huge impact on the way they do work. Illustrator CS5 adds a few new options for copying and pasting. Let's take a look. I have a few artboards here on my document, and I want to add some information. So, I am going to zoom in on, let's say this artboard right here, and I have a symbol that I have already created here. It's basically a little symbol that says that this is a confidential information. Let me close my Symbols panel here, and I will drop this just into position, let's say right above over here. Great! Let me go ahead and move over a little bit. Now I want to put that exact same symbol on this artboard as well.
Well, what I can do is that I can actually take this piece of art and select it. I am going to copy it, go to the Edit menu and basically hit Copy. Then I will click on this artboard here, just simply click on it to now turn it into the active artboard. And instead of choosing Paste, from the Edit menu, I am going to choose Paste in Place. In doing so, it pastes it into the exact same coordinates, or location as it appeared on the previous artboard. If fact, I can click on any other artboards and make it the active artboard. And when I choose the Paste in Place option, or the Keyboard Shortcut, which is Command+Shift+V or Ctrl+Shift+V on Windows, again, it puts it right in the location where I want it on this artboard.
But let me zoom out for a moment here, because I want to show you another option that appears inside of Illustrator. In fact, I am going to delete these two over here, and I am going to focus on just the original one that I have right here. If I know that I want to put this in the same location on all my artboards, what I could do is take this one piece of art, go to the Edit menu and choose Cut. Now it does not appear anywhere in my document, but Illustrator remembered where it cut it from on that particular artboard. What I can now do is go to the Edit menu and choose a new option called Paste on All Artboards.
When I do that, it remembers the location and puts that artwork into the exact same coordinates on every single artboard in my document. So, when you are working multiple artboards inside of Illustrator, you may find these two new Paste commands, the Paste in Place and Paste on All Artboards, command to be extremely helpful.
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