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.
How to Create an Artboard
To create a custom artboard, select the artboard tool do any of the following:
- Drag in the workspace to define the shape, size, and location.
- To use a preset artboard, double-click the Artboard tool, select a preset in the Artboard
- To create an artboard within an active artboard, hold down Shift and drag using the Artboard tool.
- To duplicate an existing artboard, select the Artboard tool, click to select the artboard you want to duplicate, and click the New Artboard button in the Control panel ; then click where you want to place the duplicated artboard. To create multiple duplicates, Alt-click as many times as you want. Or, using the Artboard tool, Alt-drag (Windows) or Option-drag (Mac OS) the artboard you want to duplicate.
- To duplicate an artboard with the contents, select the Artboard tool, click to select the Move/Copy Artwork With Artboard icon on the Control panel, press Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS), and then drag.
Delete an artboard
- Click the artboard and press Delete.
- Click Delete in the Control panel.
- Click the Delete icon in an artboard’s upper-right corner. You can delete all but the last remaining artboard.
You can create multiple artboards for your document, but only one can be active at a time. When you have multiple artboards defined, you can view them all by selecting the Artboard tool. Each artboard is numbered for easy reference. You can edit or delete an artboard at any time, and you can specify different artboards each time you print or export.
Select the Artboard tool, click to select an artboard. Do any of the following:
- To resize the artboard, position the pointer on an edge or corner until the cursor changes to a double-sided arrow, and then drag to adjust.
- Specify new Width and Height values in the Control panel.
- To change the orientation of the artboard, click the Portrait or Landscape button in the Control panel.
- To rotate between artboards, press Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click an arrow key.
- To view artboards and their contents as outlines, right-click and choose Outline. To see artwork again, right-click and choose Preview.