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Adobe Illustrator

Illustrator on the iPad workspace

Take a quick tour of the Illustrator on the iPad workspace and learn where your favorite tools and features are available.

Illustrator workspace on the iPad is simple and intuitive so that you can focus on your creative work. Home screen is the first window that appears when you launch Illustrator on the iPad and a gateway to your document workspace. See the table below to learn what all you can do in the Home screen.

View a list of all the documents that you can open in Illustrator:

  • Tap Your files tab to open and work with Illustrator cloud documents.
  • Tap Shared with you to view or open and work with files shared with you by others.
  • Tap Deleted to view the list of all deleted documents. You can choose to restore the documents or permanently delete them. In case you accidentally delete a file, you can restore them easily.

Tap to view the interactive app tour, tutorials, and videos to explore and understand the unique workflows and features of Illustrator on the iPad.

The content is tailored based on your Creative Cloud membership plan and your familiarity with the Illustrator app.

Tap to watch the livestreams from famous creatives from within Illustrator. View the magnificent work done by the Illustrator design community and get inspired!

Tap to create a new document on the iPad. By default, all the documents you create using Illustrator on the iPad are saved as cloud documents and get autosaved at regular intervals. No loss of unsaved work!

Import and open

Tap to quickly open existing Illustrator documents or documents from different apps (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Fresco) in Illustrator on the iPad.

Tap to access all the documents you worked on recently.

What’s coming to Illustrator

Tap to view the list of features we’re working on. You can also suggest features that you’d like to see in Illustrator. We value your suggestions and feedback.

App settings

Tap to manage the app settings (preferences) for Illustrator on the iPad. To learn more, see see Manage your app settings.

Cloud sync errors

Tap to check whether you’re online or offline, and the save status of your cloud documents.

Tap to return to the default Home screen anytime.

Go to “File > New” on the top side menu, or press “Ctrl + N” to open a new document. A new window will pop up. Find the “Artboards” or “Number of Artboards” box (depending on your version of Illustrator) and set the number of artboards you need.

This method will show you how to set the number of the artboards at the very beginning, when you create a new document.

Step 1: Open a New Document

Click on “File > New” on the top side menu or use “Ctrl + N” to shortcut it.

Step 2: Set the numbers of artboards and then confirm

Find the “Artboards” or “Number of Artboards” box.

The name may vary depending on your version of Illustrator.

Set the number of artboards you are going to use. For this example I’m going to use 6 artboards.

When you’re done, click on “Create” or “OK” to save it.

You can actually add, delete or change the order of the artboards at any time, so don’t worry if you don’t know how many artboards you need yet.
Make sure to check Method 2 to learn how.

The Result

This is how 6 artboards created from the “New Document” settings look like.

If you are interested in this topic you may also want to check this article about “How to Change Canvas Size in Illustrator” .


There are a few different ways to open multiple artboards in Illustrator. You can use the keyboard shortcuts, select multiple artboards with your mouse, or use the Artboard Panel.

To see all artboards in Illustrator, open the File menu and select “Artboards.

To switch between Artboards in Illustrator, you can use the Window menu and select Artboards.

To view one artboard at a time in Illustrator, select the artboard in the document window and press Command-Option-Shift-E (Mac) or Ctrl-Alt-E (Windows).

Yes, you can have multiple pages in Adobe Illustrator. However, if you want to change the page layout or size, you will need to create a new document.

To add multiple Artboards to a document, first open the Artboards panel by clicking on the three lines in the top left corner of the Document window. Next, click on the “+” button next to the Artboard name in the Artboards panel and select the artboards you want to add.

Ctrl H is the shortcut for the Hyperlink tool in Illustrator. When you press Ctrl H, Illustrator will open the Hyperlink dialog box. Here you can type in the URL of the page you want to hyperlink to, and then click OK.

To manage artboards in Illustrator, open the Artboard panel (Window > Artboard). You can also use keyboard shortcuts:
Command + 1 to open the first artboard.
Command + 2 to open the second artboard.
Command + 3 to open the third artboard.
Command + 4 to open the fourth artboard.
…and so on.

The command key in Illustrator is the Esc key.

In Illustrator, Ctrl Shift D is the shortcut for the “Draw Path” command.

Ctrl R copies the current selection to the clipboard.

Ctrl D is the keyboard shortcut to duplicate a selected object.

There are a few ways to open multiple pages in Illustrator. One way is to use the keyboard shortcuts: Command + Shift + P to open the page palette, then type in the number of the page you want to open. Another way is to use the File > Open command, and enter the file name of the document that you want to open.

There are a few ways to view multiple pages in a PDF. One way is to use the “page down” and “page up” keys on your keyboard. Another way is to use the “next page” and “previous page” buttons on your browser.

To open another page in Illustrator, choose File > New > Page.


To use multiple artboards in Illustrator, first open the file you want to work on. Then go to the menu bar and select “Window” > “Artboards.” This will open up a panel on the right side of your screen that shows all of the artboards in your document.
To create a new artboard, click the “Create New Artboard” button at the bottom of the panel.

To open another artboard in Illustrator, go to the File menu and select New. In the dialog box that appears, set the Width and Height of the new artboard and click OK.

In Illustrator, you can view multiple pages by going to Window > Pages.

There is no limit to the number of artboards that you can open in Illustrator. However, the more artboards that you have open, the more memory and processing power that Illustrator will require.

In Adobe Photoshop, you can create multiple artboards by going to File > New > and then selecting Artboard from the list of presets.

To add an artboard in between, first select the artboard you want to add and then hold down the shift key while clicking and dragging the artboard to the location you want.

The Artboard tool is in the Tools panel, at the top of the column on the left. It’s the second tool from the left, and it looks like a square with four smaller squares in its corners.

There are a few ways to open a multi-page PDF. One way is to open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat and then use the Pages panel to navigate to the desired page. Another way is to use the thumbnail view in Adobe Acrobat or Preview to navigate to the desired page.

There are a few ways to view multiple pages in a PDF. One way is to open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat and then use the “Pages” pane on the left-hand side of the window to navigate through the document. Another way is to use the “View” menu at the top of the window to select either “Single Page” or “Double Page” view.

In Illustrator, you can add an artboard to the middle of the document by selecting the “Artboard Tool” from the toolbar and then clicking and dragging in the document window. By default, new artboards are added as copies of the currently selected artboard, but you can change this setting in the “Artboard Options” dialog box.

You can’t open multiple Adobe files at once, but you can open them as tabs in the same window. To do this, hold down the Command key (Mac) or the Control key (Windows) and click on each file’s icon.

To see all pages in Adobe, open the document and go to View > Thumbnails. This will show you a thumbnail of each page in the document.

There are a few ways to do this in Adobe. One way is to use the Pages panel. To do this, open the Pages panel and drag the pages you want to side by side into the panel.
Another way is to use the Arrange menu. To do this, select the pages you want to side by side and then choose Arrange > Float All In Window.

There are a few ways to open multiple pages in Adobe Reader. One way is to go to the View menu and select Show Pages. This will open a new window with all of the pages that are in the document. Another way is to use the Thumbnails pane. To do this, go to the View menu and select Thumbnails. This will open a pane on the side of the window that shows small thumbnails of all of the pages in the document.

To view multiple pages in Adobe Reader, you can either use the View menu or the Page Thumbnails panel. To use the View menu, go to View > Page Layout and select either Single Page or Continuous. To use the Page Thumbnails panel, go to Window > Page Thumbnails and select the pages you want to view.

Create a new document

It’s easy to set up a new document in Adobe Illustrator and configure options like width, height, color mode, and more.

Make a brand-new document

1. Upon launching Illustrator, you’ll see the Start workspace. Click Create new to open the New Document dialog box. Or simply press Control+N (Windows) or Command+N (macOS).

2. Select a category at the top such as Print, Mobile, or Web. These general categories start you off on the right foot by setting up some parameters for your project, like the best color mode and resolution.

Tip: Consider your project before choosing a category. For example, choose Print if you’re designing a flyer, business card, or logo; choose Web if you plan to work on a web banner, social graphic, or art for your blog. If you’re unsure of the final destination, select Art & Illustration and customize the settings for your project.

3. Once you select a category, you’ll find many presets for commonly used document types. A preset is a handy starting point that creates a blank document using predefined dimensions and settings. For example, after picking Mobile, you can click a preset to quickly start designing for the iPad Pro.

4. You can customize your document in many ways, whether or not you picked a preset. In Preset Details on the right, you can specify exact dimensions, change measurement units and page orientation, or add
a print bleed. (See Printer’s marks and bleeds to learn more about bleeds.)

Alternatively, you can jump-start your designs with a high-quality template. If you scroll in the main part of the New Document dialog box, you’ll find free templates with rich designs for a variety of projects, and you can download hundreds more from Adobe Stock. View Customize an Illustrator template today to learn how to speed up your project with a template instead.

5. When you’re ready, click Create. This opens a new document with a blank artboard that is ready for your designs.

Now that your first document is open, you can change its settings anytime. Try making some of these easy edits:

Edit an artboard

An artboard in Illustrator works like a piece of paper on your desk. Artboards can be of any size and your document can contain multiple artboards in different sizes — so you can conveniently design for different
projects and output sizes at once.

Go to Window > Properties. With nothing selected in your document, click Edit Artboards.

You can edit the width and height of the artboard by typing new values under Transform in the Properties panel. Click the New Artboard icon to create additional artboards. Click an artboard to select it — now you can manually adjust its size by dragging the widgets, or press the Delete key to remove it.

When you’re done, press Esc or click the Exit button at the top of the Properties panel.

Automatically rotate artboards for printing

In Illustrator, all the artboards in a document can automatically rotate to print to the chosen media size. Select the Auto-Rotate check box in the Print dialog box to set auto rotation for Illustrator documents. For a document created in Illustrator, Auto-Rotate is enabled by default.

For example, consider a document with both landscape (width is more than height) and portrait (height is more than width) media size. If you select the media size as portrait in the Print dialog box, then the landscape artboards automatically rotate to portrait media when printing.

When Auto-Rotate is selected, you cannot change the page orientation.

You can export artboards as PDF documents. Follow these steps:

  1. In Photoshop, select File > Export > Artboards To PDF .
  2. In the Artboards To PDF dialog, do the following:
    • Choose the destination/location where you want to save the generated PDF documents.
    • Specify a file name prefix for the generated PDF documents. For example, Campaign_insurance.
    • Specify whether you want to export only content on the artboards or also the content in areas overlapping the artboards.
    • Specify whether you want to export all artboards or only the ones currently selected.
    • Specify whether you also want to export artboard backgrounds along with the artboards.
    • Specify whether you want to generate a single PDF for all the artboards in the current document, or generate one PDF document per artboard. If you choose to generate multiple PDF documents, all of those documents take the file name prefix you specified earlier.
    • Specify an encoding for the exported PDF documents: ZIP or JPEG . If you chose JPEG, also specify a Quality setting ( 0-12 ).
    • Specify whether you want to include the International Color Consortium (ICC) Profile in the exported PDF documents. An ICC profile comprises data that characterizes a color input or output device.
    • Specify whether you want to also export the artboard names along with the exported artboards. You can specify a custom font, font size, font color, and canvas extension color while selecting this setting.
  3. Click Run . Photoshop generates the PDF document.

How to Delete the Artboard in Illustrator

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Adobe Illustrator uses the artboard to represent the focal point of its drawing space. In Illustrator CS4, users gained the ability to add multiple artboards to a document, providing a means of creating multi-page files. You can mix varying artboard sizes in a document and use them for everything from a series of logos to a set of website prototypes. Although every Illustrator file must contain at least one artboard, you can incorporate as many as 100 in a document and delete 99 of them.

Click the “Window” drop-down menu and choose “Artboards” to reveal the panel. Press “Shift-O” to enter Artboard Edit mode.

Click on the artboard you want to delete. An edit box, made up of a dashed line with anchor points at its corners and midpoints, surrounds the boundaries of your selected artboard. You’ll see the name and number of the artboard in the upper-left corner. In the Artboards panel, the selected artboard’s name appears highlighted the way a selected layer highlights in the Layers panel.

Press the “Backspace” key, click on the trash can-shaped “Delete” button in the Control panel or click on the equivalent “Delete” button at the bottom of the Artboards panel. Adobe Illustrator deletes the artboard but not the artwork on it.

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  • Double-click on the name of an artboard in the Artboards panel to display it in Fit in Window view.
  • Unless you rearrange them, Illustrator displays your artboards in the order in which you add them to your document.
  • Every artboard includes a Delete icon in its upper-right corner, accessible only in Artboard Edit mode.
  • When you delete an artboard, the artwork on it enters an unprintable state. To regain the ability to print or export the artwork, create a new artboard and add the content to it, or move the artwork to an existing artboard.

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How To Save Multiple Artboards To A PDF In Illustrator

The following steps will walk you through the process of exporting your work as a multi page PDF where each artboard is represented by its own page. For a complete walkthrough, feel free to check out the video tutorial I’ve put together:

The lesson is simple enough to follow via written format though, so if you’d rather scan through the steps in this article then carry on.

Step 1: Create Your Artboards

Before we can save our work as a multi page PDF, we first have to generate some pages. In Illustrator, those pages will be represented by artboards.

By default, you will already have an artboard present when you open a new document. It is represented by the white canvas. So create a new document and set the size to be whatever you’d like each page to be in your PDF.

For this demonstration I will be using the standard 8.5″ x 11″ document size, which is the size of your standard sheet of paper.

Now we need to create multiple copies of this artboard. To do this, grab the Artboards Tool (keyboard shortcut: Shift + O) select your artboard, then click and drag it while holding Alt on your keyboard to create a copy of it. If you’d like your artboards to be placed on the same vertical or horizontal plane, make sure to hold Shift as well to constrain it to that axis. You can duplicate your artboards by clicking and dragging them, and then holding Alt on the keyboard.

Make as many copies as you’ll need for your document. For this demonstration I will be creating a 3-page PDF document, so I created 3 artboards.

If you’d like to assign the sizes of your artboards based on designs you’ve already created then I have a tutorial for that here.

Step 2: Name Your Artboards

Now we need to name our artboards. This will help us keep everything organized. By default, your duplicated artboards will be given names like “Artboard copy 1” and so on, so we’ll need to use a more universal naming system in order to keep track of everything.

To change the names of your artboards, grab the Artboards Tool, click on the artboard, then navigate to the tool settings at the top of the page. You will see an input box for the name: Make sure to designate a name for each artboard. This will make it easier for you to organize your pages moving forward.

If you do not see these tool settings then navigate to Window > Control to activate it.

Proceed to give all of your artboards names that make chronological sense. For this demonstration I will be naming them as follows:

  • Page 1
  • Page 2
  • Page 3

Step 3: Designate The Order Of Your Artboards

Whenever you save multiple artboards to a PDF with Illustrator, the order of the pages are determined by the order in which you created the artboards. So page 1 would be the default artboard you get when you create a new document, then page 2 would be the first duplicate you created of the artboard, and so on.

To see the chronological order of your artboards, open the Artboards menu by navigating to Window > Artboards. The Artboards menu allows you to designate the order of the pages in the PDF you’ll be exporting.

As you can see, the name of the artboard is indicated on the right, and their numerical positions are indicated on the left. You can change the order of your artboards by selecting them and using the arrow buttons located at the bottom of the menu.

The chronological order of this list will represent the order of your pages in the PDF document you export. So make sure that your pages are in the order you’d like.

You can also locate the order of a given artboard by checking the label in its top-left corner: Make sure you have the Artboards Tool selected if you want to view these labels.

The label contains the order of that particular artboard to the left, and its name to the right.

Step 4: Save Your Work

Once you’re finished arranging the pages of your document and dictating the order they should be in, all you have to do now is save your work as a PDF document.

To do this, navigate to File > Save As and choose Adobe PDF from the dropdown menu.

Now locate your PDF file on your hard drive and open it up to inspect it. It should be comprised of a series of pages represented by each artboard in the order you placed them in.

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