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

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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!




Last Step: Save ~


  •   ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:


  •   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.

Other Resources:

When you are ready, move on to 172-pattern-brush-ai.htm