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Edit Artwork Twice as Fast in Adobe Illustrator CS4.
Let me be your guide as I show you how to manage edits across multiple designs in a single project with the new multiple artboards feature in Illustrator CS4. This was actually one of the top pain points for Freehand users in the past, now it is possible to have more than one artboard. But please don't call them "pages", the last thing I would want to see you doing is creating layouts for multiple page documents such as brochures or even magazines... I am sure you know what I mean (that's what InDesign is for).

You can also find this, and more, on Adobe TV, or on my YouTube Channel.

Transcript
Hi! This is Rufus Deuchler, Worldwide Design Evangelist at Adobe Systems. In the next few minutes I will be showing you how you can save yourself a lot of time by using Adobe Creative Suite 4.
In this clip, I will be showing you Multiple Artboards in Adobe Illustrator CS4.
Until Illustrator CS4, when you were working on multiple assets such as a Poster, a series of postcards, or a web banner that shared the same elements, you had to work on different Illustrator files, crossing your fingers that you’d be careful enough to make corrections in all iterations of a shared logo, for example.
With Multiple Artboards, this fear has become a thing of the past because you can now streamline your workflow by creating any number of Artboards within a single Illustrator file.
Let’s take this example here. The poster, the postcard, the web banner all share common elements such as the logo. Well, if I use symbols, graphic styles and text styles, I can truly make sure that if I change one of those elements such as the bullet hole, for example, I’ll be sure that all instances will be updated.
Let me quickly show you what happens when I update the symbol of the Logo; let’s change its color to yellow, move back to the artwork, and Adobecadabra! All instances have been updated!
An independent research actually shows that working with multiple artboards, to change a font on three artboards is 300% faster than to change the font on three different documents! It has also become about 350% faster than in previous versions to export a document to EPS with 8 artboards instead of having to export 8 documents separately. Now that is what I call productivity.
Working with Multiple Artboards in Adobe Illustrator CS4 will tremendously speed up your workflow, and help you manage your designs in ways that were impossible before, thus saving yourself a lot of time that would have otherwise been spent opening several files to make sure that corrections were being made across a series of illustrations.
And, if time is money, as they say, this has never been more important than in a design workflow, where every minute of production has a fixed cost.
This is Rufus Deuchler, Worldwide Design Evangelist at Adobe Systems.
See you soon, and make good use of your time with Adobe Creative Suite 4!

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