The spam filter installed on this site is currently unavailable. Per site policy, we are unable to accept new submissions until that problem is resolved. Please try resubmitting the form in a couple of minutes.

Multiple Artboards Part 2Multiple Artboards Part 2

15 Apr
Posted Thu, 04/14/2011 - 22:47
Illustrator Artboards and Align to Artboard

I use Illustrator’s Align tools with every project. The Align to Artboard function is my favorite, because it is a fast and accurate way to center objects on a layout. To work correctly, Align to Artboard needs an artboard that is the same size as the layout. This is a really good reason to embrace the multiple artboard work flow.

With mulitple artboards it is possible to create a branding package with a two sided business card, letter head and envelope design all in the same file. Each artboard can have a unique size and be positioned anywhere in the workspace. The mulitple artboard workflow gives you the power of Align to Artboard tools and the flexibility of a single workspace. For example, when working on the business card design the Align to Artboard tool will align to the 3.5” x 2” artboard. When working on the letterhead design the Align to Artboard tool will align to the 8.5” x 11” layout.

With multiple artboards it is easy to proof everything on a single large page. Just add a large artboard over all of the smaller artboards. In the print dialog put the large artboard number in the page range. You can create a single page large pdf file by doing the same when saving the pdf.

This example is created with five artboards. Artboard number 5 encompasses artboards 1 - 4 and is used to print all four designs on a 17" x 11" proof sheet.

Read Illustrator Multiple Artboards Part 1 here.