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How to Use Multiple Artboards in Adobe Illustrator

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Perhaps no new feature in Illustrator CS4 has generated as much hype, intrigue, and head-scratching as the ability to define multiple artboards within a single document. With multiple artboards, Illustrator users can now create multi-page documents - but not, perhaps, in the way you might think. David Karlins, author of Adobe Illustrator CS4 HOW-TOs: 100 Essential Techniques, examines how to create and modify multiple artboards and how they can (and cannot) be used.

Working with Artboards

Working in a multiple-artboard document is fairly intuitive. Using the Selection, Direct Selection, or Group Selection tools, click to select objects. You generate paths, fills, and effects in artboards the same way you would if you were working in just one document.

By the way, you can flow type from a text box in one artboard into a text box in another artboard. You do this in the same way you flow text from one text box to another within an artboard:

  1. Select the text box containing overflow text.
  2. Click twice on the overflow icon—a small red crosshair (see Figure 7).
    Figure 7

    Figure 7 Click the overflow icon twice to flow type into a new text box.

  3. Use the loaded cursor to draw a new text box—including, if you wish, in a new artboard, as shown in Figure 8.
    Figure 8

    Figure 8 Drawing a new text box in a new artboard for overflow type.

  4. When you release the mouse button from drawing the new text box, the overflow type fills the text box. The text thread is identified in Illustrator with a thick blue line (see Figure 9).
    Figure 9

    Figure 9 Type flowing between text boxes in separate artboards.

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