Artboard refers to the area that contain the printable artwork. An Illustrator document can contains up to 100 artboards. This means that you can create an Illustrator document with up to 100 printable artworks to accommodate your project.
So I will go through with you the basic of working with artboards. Here are the subtopics that will be covered in this guide:
- Creating New Document
- Saving Your Artwork
- Editing Artboard Options
- Editing Document Setup
Creating New Document
To create a new document, go to File and select New. You can also create a new document by using the keyboard’s shortcut Ctrl + N on Windows and Command + N on Mac.
In the New Document dialog, rename the file with your preferred name and select the Document Profile accordingly. Document Profile enables you to set up a document for different kinds of output and it will automatically updates the page size, color mode, and raster effects accordingly.
Depending on the number of artworks your project requires, change the Number of Artboards to what you need. In my case below, I set to 100 to show you how Illustrator will display the maximum number of artboards. Click OK and a new blank document appears.
This is what you will see next. Each white box represents a blank artboard and you can now zoom in and start working on your project.
Saving Your Artwork
It’s always a good habit to save your artwork every now and then while still working on your file. Constant saving will save you should there be a sudden power outrage, or that you accidently close the program.
To save your artwork, Go to File and select Save As.
In the Save As dialog box, check if the name is what you want the document as, select the location to save the document and lastly, ensure that Adobe Illustrator (ai) is selected in the Format option. Click Save.
The Illustrator Option dialog box will pop up next. Leave them at their default settings and click Ok.
Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Shift + Ctrl + S on Windows and Shift + Command + S on Mac to call out the Save As function.
You can use Ctrl + S on Windows and Command + S on Mac to call out the Save function in Illustrator.
Editing Artboard Options
To access the Artboards Option panel, choose Window and select Artboards.
The Artboards Option will pop out. Select the Artboard that you want to edit and select the Artboard Tool icon as shown in the image below.
In the Artboard Option dialog, you can choose to rename your artboard, redefine the size of your artboard in Preset, and even change the Orientation of your artboard. Once you are done with adjusting your artboard, click Ok.
Editing Document Setup
Click on Document Setup button located in the Control panel.
The Document Setup dialog box will be opened and you can change the artboard size by selecting on Edit Artboards, Units, Bleed, and so on after a document has been created.
I have come to the end of this guide. I hope you find this guide helpful and have fun exploring Illustrator.