Click the Artboard tool.
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Learn how to copy, move, reorder, rearrange artboards, and set artboard view in Illustrator.
Once you create artboards and modify them to match your design requirement, you'd want to manage your artboards. If your artboards contain numerous designs and layers, organizing your artboards help you put your ideas and designs in order.
You can cut, copy, and paste or move your artboards conveniently within your document or across documents. Illustrator provides multiple ways to rearrange or reorder your artboards. Also, you can learn more about the additional artboard options and modify the view of your artboard.
Read on to learn how you can manage your artboards.
Before you proceed
- Before you learn how to manage artboards, be familiar with how to create and edit artboards in Illustrator.
- Keep your Illustrator panels handy before managing your artboards. To activate the Artboards, Properties, or Control panel, choose any options.
Windows > Artboards
Windows > Properties
Windows > Controls
You can cut, copy, and paste artboards within the document or across Illustrator documents to easily replicate your designs. Similarly, you can also move your artboards to place them anywhere within the same or another document.
Cut, copy, and paste artboards
Press Ctrl + X to cut or Ctrl + C to copy and Ctrl + V to paste the artboard into the same document or another document.
To move the selected artboards, do any of the following:
- Drag the artboard and place them in the same document or another document.
- To move the selected artboards within the same document with precision, specify the X and Y values in the Properties panel or the Control panel.
- To move or copy the artboard without the content, deselect Move artwork with Artboard in the Properties panel.
When you export or print an Illustrator document, you can change the artboard order without moving them around in the workspace. However, to organize artboards in the workspace, you'd want to rearrange artboards. You can rearrange your artboards to any number of columns or rows based on your layout. Rearranging artboards let you organize your idea and export your artboard sequentially.
To reorder artboards, do the following:
Click the Artboard tool .
A. Rearrange artboards B. Move artboard one level up C. Move artboard one level down
To rearrange artboards, do the following:
Click the Artboard tool .
Refer the table to rearrange all artboards:
Grid by Row
Arranges multiple artboards in the specified number of columns.
Grid by Column
Arranges multiple artboards in the specified number of rows.
Arrange by Row
Arranges all the artboards in a single row.
Arrange by Column
Arranges all the artboards in a single column.
Arranges the artboards from left to right or right to left.
Follow these steps to align and distribute artboards along the selected axis:
Click the Artboard tool Shift + O.or press
Select one or more artboards that you want to align or distribute.
Choose Window > Align to open the Align panel.
In the Align panel, select any of the options to align your artboards.
You know how to use the Artboard Options dialog to set the preset, dimension, position, orientation, and name of the artboard. Within Artboard options, you can also modify the display and global settings of the artboard.
Follow the steps below to change the display settings of your artboard:
Click the Artboard tool and double-click your artboard.
In the Artboard Options dialog, select or deselect the checkbox to modify the Display settings of your artboard.
Show Center Mark
Displays a point at the center of the artboard to help you position objects.
Show Cross Hairs
Displays cross lines from each side of the artboard that pass through the center.
Show Video Safe Areas
Displays guides to identify the viewable area in a video.
Specifies the pixel aspect ratio used for video rulers.
Fade region outside Artboard
Displays the area outside the artboard in a darker shade when the Artboard tool is active.
Update while dragging
Keeps the drag area inside the artboard lighter as you drag the artboard to increase its size or move it.
Most artboard presets that Illustrator provides have square pixels, that is, the Video Ruler Pixel Aspect Ratio (VPAR) is 1.0. If you specify a VPAR that is not 1.0 (nonsquare pixels) in the Artboards Options dialog, the video rulers auto-adjust the pixels.
Video rulers, center mark, cross hairs, and video safe areas properties help you in creating videos.
To view video rulers on an artboard, do the following:
Click the artboard using any tool.
Choose View > Rulers > Show Video Rulers.
The numbers on the rulers represent the dimension of the artboard in pixels.
When working on multiple artboards, you can activate the artboard where you'd want to create your artwork. You can hide the boundaries of your artboard, fit the artboard on the canvas to work on your artwork precisely. Before printing your artwork, you also can check the printable and non-printable areas of your artboard.
Activate an artboard using any tool
- Click an artboard using tools from the tool panel to activate an artboard.
Hide artboard boundaries
- Choose View > Hide Artboards.
Zoom and fit artboard
To fit and center an artboard on the canvas, do the following:
- Click the drop-down list in the status bar at the bottom of the app window.
- Select the artboard number.
View print page boundary
To view the printable and nonprintable areas of the selected artboard, do the following:
- Select the artboard and choose View > Show Print Tiling.
Tips and tricks
- To reuse the same artboard-layer organization when copying artboards, click More options in the Layers panel and select Paste Remember Layer.
- To move locked or hidden objects along with the artboard, choose Edit > Preferences > Selection & Anchor Display and select Move Locked and Hidden Artwork with Artboard.
- When you copy artboards, the artboard's name remains the same in the copied version. You can differentiate the artboards based on their order numbers.
- An artboard within an artboard is treated as a crop area and is moved along with the containing artboard when rearranged.
- To see keyboard shortcuts for zoom, cut, copy, and paste, see keyboard shortcuts for Illustrator desktop.
We've got you started on how to copy, move, reorder, rearrange artboards, and set artboard view in Illustrator.
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