Summary:

Multiple Artboards in Illustrator

    ●   This is an introductory tutorial in Illustrator on setting up multiple artboards.


Learn About:

Multiple Artboards Appearance Panel Gradient Fill Align Stroke Stroke Width Offset Path

  •   This tutorial is part of the Free Trade Project.

This tutorial is part of a series: 175-artboards-ai.htm and 172-pattern-brush-ai.htm

Other People's Work:

Here are some examples of work inspired by this tutorial.

 


Step 1: Open Adobe Illustrator ~

Go to: File > New and open a new document with the following settings:

 

 

Number of Artboards: 2

 

Width: 14 inches

 

Height: 6 inches

 

Units: Inches

 

Select Grid by Column

… to stack your artboards on top of each other.


Step #4: Borders ~

Get the Rectangle Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (m) …

… and draw a rectangle shape.


Step #4: Gradient Fill Colors ~

Click the Swatches icon or go to: Window > Swatches

… find the swatch you downloaded from this tutorial.


Step #5: Radial Gradient ~

Now click the Gradient icon or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+F9 and select Linear as the Type.

 

You can try Radial Gradient too - if you want.

 

See which looks better.

 

Remember: Experiment!

 

Step #6: Choose your Gradient Color Stops ~

Now you can drag colors from the Swatches menu to fill your gradient …


… drag OFF any stops you don't need …


… and apply the gradient to your shapes.


Step #7: Reverse Gradient ~

Click Reverse Gradient (if necessary ).


Step #8: Change the Stroke Color and Size ~

Change the Stroke color and Size also.


Step #9: Modify the Stroke ~

Click the word Stroke on the menu …

… and click "Align stroke to inside".

That moves the stroke to the inside the line rather than the center …


Step #10: Appearance Panel ~

Open the Appearance Panel by clicking on appearance icon small or go to: Window > Appearance

Here you can also make changes to your stroke.


Click on the stroke layer and then go up to: Effect > Path > Offset Path, hit Preview, and give your stroke a negative offset.

 

 

Try different settings!

 

Do different stuff!

 

Experiment!

 


Last Step: Save ~

Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.]


  •   ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:
FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME

 

  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.

 

  •   NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.


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