Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Special artboard controls, part of Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
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In this exercise, I'm going to show you a few other things that you can do with artboards that will really, truly, I think, give you a sense of just how Flexible artboards are inside of Illustrator CS4. We have been waiting for multiple pages inside of Illustrator forever, but now that they are here, they are very, very well done, I think. Now so I'm still working inside of the Artboard Mode, if you want to join me you just need to go ahead and click on this Artboard tool, in order to switch over to the Artboard Mode. Now I'll show you how you can actually take one artboard and make it overlap other artboards.
So I wonder what in the word is going on in there. I mean no other page layout application lets you just grab a page and well, we will just overlap some other pages. Well, the great thing is now you have the ability to take a drawing and make it span multiple pages inside of a document, if you want to or check this out, I'll go ahead and undo that modification. I can also, I'll zoom in let's say to page 2 here, and notice that if I just were to try to drag in it, if I were to drag inside of Artboard2, I would actually move it to a different location. So how do I create a new artboard inside of an existing artboard and the reason you might want to do this by the way is you want to define a custom crop boundary around a specific object.
So you might have this is just to brain dead example, but you might have a bunch of business cards on a page and then you want to crop a specific business card just one of them onto a different page, how would you go about doing that? Well, you press and hold the Shift key and now you can drag a page inside of a page just like that. Now notice it comes in as a square because you have the Shift key down, it's constraining the shape to a square, just go ahead and release the Shift key at this point and now you can draw a rectangle at any point you like. And then the smart guide may come up and you may use it if you want to align your objects.
I will be discussing smart guides in more detail in the later exercise in the series. Now notice this is Artboard7, there is no way to specify, Gosh! I want this to be Artboard3. Illustrator doesn't allow you to do that, as it stands right now. So artboards are numbered in the order that you add them. So if I were to get rid of Artboard3 right here, press Backspace, and then draw a new artboard, so this one is going to be 7, so this one got switched to 6 and so on. If you want to have them ordered properly, you need to drag them to different locations, little bit of a nuisance actually depending on how you work but that's the way it is setup.
Now another way to edit an artboard incidentally, if you want to bring up a dialog box you can, just make sure to select the artboard, click on the artboard you want to modify and then go right there to that little icon, click on it and that brings up the Artboard Options dialog box which gives you control over that specific artboard. You can change its size, change its orientation, you also have orientation controls up here in the Control palette incidentally, change its numerical position if you like, all kinds of other options including, by the way the ability to fade the region outside the artboard, which is something, of course, that we want in this document.
Anyway you can delete, if you want to, you can delete that page, I'm just going to click Cancel because I don't want to do anything in there. You have the option of duplicating an existing artboard, so let's go over here to Artboard6 and let's say we have a couple of things on this page that we want to contain in this size in the artboard. Then you can duplicate that artboard by Alt+Dragging it. That would be an Option+Drag on the Mac. And if I wanted it to appear directly below the other one, I can press the Shift key to constrain the movement or I could just watch the smart guide if I prefer. Now release and I'll have a new artboard. So Alt+Drag or Option+Drag to duplicate an artboard.
Notice this little guy here; I'll just call it out. This allows you to move and copy artwork and artboards together, so normally you want it off. You don't want to change any of your illustration, your artwork while in the Artboard Mode normally. The only time, I would really recommend using it is if there is a piece of art inside the page 7, you want to move it to a different location, you want to take both the artwork and artboard together, then you turn it on or that duplication trick right there, that will go ahead and duplicate, that will clone the artwork along with the artboard as well.
So that guy right there is available to you if you want to take advantage of them. So you get the sense now. There is just so much, do anything you want, it goes well beyond creating a multi page document. The real reason that Adobe says that they created this feature is so that you can compile assets all of which are belonging to a certain job, a single client, a single job, that kind of thing, you have a piece of artwork, you want it to appear on a poster, you want it to be on a T-shirt, you want it to be on a flier, you want it to be on a skateboard. Then what have you, you put all of those assets into a single document, put them on different artboards and then you can edit them all at once, see them all at once, modify their colors all at once and so on.
Very unique approach here inside of Illustrator CS4.
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- Building with geometric shapes
- Selecting, placing, and scaling type
- Creating spine curves with round corners
- Using the new Blob brush to quickly draw and merge paths
- Working with flattener and raster effects
- Saving illustrations for the web