Multiple Artboards–Tips and Tricks Part 1
We’re going to devote a few blog posts to help you understand how to use Multiple artboards and how they replace older features like Crop Areas and Page Tiling.
Q: How can I specify crop areas, especially when saving as EPS, PDF, or other graphic file formats? What about printing?
A: Use Multiple artboards.
By default, you have an artboard on which your artwork will be present. Now just draw an artboard equal to size of the Crop Area you want.
How to do this: Select the Artboard Tool from the toolbox and bring it over the artboard.
Hold down the Shift key. Immediately you will see that the cursor has taken the shape of Artboard Tool. Now click and drag to create an artboard equal to the size of crop area you want.
Or draw a rectangle equal to the size of the size of crop area you want, select the rectangle, and choose Object>Convert to Artboards. Once the new artboard has been created inside your original artwork you will have two artboards–one that was originally present, and the one you just created. (Select the Artboard Tool or press “Shift +O” to see this). The part you wanted inside the crop area lies inside second artboard and the part of the artwork you didn’t want lies inside first artboard.
If you want to export or print only the content of the second artboard, do the following:
For saving to EPS/PDF format: In the Save As dialog, check the “Use Artboards” option, select the Range radio button and input a value “2” in the Range text box, click Save and then click OK.
Save as EPS dialog with “Use Artboards” checked on, and second artboard saved to EPS.
Similarly, for exporting only the cropped content to other graphic file formats: In the Export dialog, choose the file format you want, check the “Use Artboards” option, select the Range option and input a value “2” in the Range text box and click Export.
Exporting a second artboard to PSD will only export the cropped content.
If you are saving to the web and want only the content lying inside second artboard, do the following: Using the Selection Tool, click anywhere inside second artboard to make it the active artboard. Then choose File>Save for Web & Devices. Inside the Save for Web dialog, go to the Image Size tab and make sure that “Clip to Artboard” is checked. Then press Save.
If you want to print just the cropped portion of your artwork, do the following: Invoke the Print dialog using File>Print, select the Range check box and input a value “2” in the Range text box, choose the Media equal to the size of the paper in the printer and click Print.
How to print an artboard inside another artboard. This works similar to printing the crop area in CS3.
Watch out for our next section on Multiple Artboard Tips and Tricks on how to create and preserve crop marks in EPS using Illustrator CS4.