Illustrator: Multiple Artboards

23 11 2010

A lot of us are used to working with Quark and multiple pages side by side for layouts or just when exploring different variations of a design/document.

I’ve recently discovered that Illustrator can now do this too, not sure how long ago they added this features (i believe it was CS4), but I hadn’t noticed them till recently. This is why I thought I’d make a post about it so that I don’t forget and to help anyone else who might need help setting it up.

It’s quite painless for Illustrator, I expected it to be hidden in some weird non related panel.

I have found two ways:

1. At the start of a project when you define the document size you will see an extra field for artboards (See figure 1).

Figure 1

2. If you already have a document and you need an additional artboard you can add more by click the windows menu option at the top of the screen, then select Artboard from the menu list (See figure 2). This will open a panel for manipulating artboards, where you can add delete or even rearrange your artboards (See figure 3).

Figure 2

Figure 3

I hope this helps and if you need further help check out the Adobe Help pages,
Here is a link to the artboards help for CS4 and above.