An Artboard in Illustrator works like a piece of paper on a physical desk. You can place elements you are not using on your desk outside the bounds of the paper. They are still close for easy access, but they don’t interfere with the artwork taking shape on the paper. Illustrator artboards work in a similar way. They contain areas for your artwork that can be printed or exported.
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You can have 1 to 100 artboards per document depending on size. You can specify the number of artboards for a document when you first create it, and you can add and remove artboards at any time while working in a document. You can create artboards in different sizes, resize them by using the Artboard tool , and position them anywhere on the screen—even overlapping one another. Illustrator also provides options to reorder and rearrange artboards using the Artboards panel. You can also specify custom names for an artboard and set reference points for artboards.
Viewing artboards and the canvas-
You can view the page boundaries in relation to an artboard by showing print tiling (View – Show Print Tiling). When print tiling is on, the printable and nonprintable areas are represented by a series of solid and dotted lines between the outermost edge of the window and the printable area of the page.
Each artboard is bound by solid lines and represents the maximum printable area. To hide the artboard boundaries, choose View -Hide Artboards. The canvas is the area outside the artboard that extends to the edge of the 220 inch square window. The canvas represents a space on which you can create, edit, and store elements of artwork before moving them onto an artboard. Objects placed onto the canvas are visible on‑screen, but they do not print.
To center an artboard and zoom it to fit the screen, click the artboard number in the status bar, located at the bottom of the application window.
Adobe Illustrator introduces the Artboard Panel, a place where you can manage your artboards.
Artboard Panel Functions-
1.To change the artboard numbering, change the stacking order within the panel by dragging the artboard. Or use the arrow buttons.
2.To jump to a particular artboard, double-click on an artboard.
3.To rename an artboard, double-click on the page orientation icon. This will pull up the artboard options panel where you can rename, and resize your artboard.
Artboard Tool Functions-
1.Artboard tool Shift+O
Control Panel will show some basic artboard options
2.Shift+click to create a new artboard inside another artboard
3.Artboards can have video safety areas, center marks, and cross hairs, but not print safety areas (WTF)
Bleeds are part of the Document Setup, not a part of artboards.
Other Artboard Functions-
1.You can cut and Paste to All Artboards if you want to duplicate an item across all artboards
2.You can change the document ruler (not the video ruler, not the artboard ruler) so that each artboard has it’s own zero point. View -Ruler -Show Global Ruler/Show Artboard Ruler [Ctrl+Alt+R]
You can View – Ruler -Show Video Rulers for artboards