Artboards

Artboards

A single canvas may contain multiple artboards of various sizes and rotations, positioned around the canvas. The artboard options determine the position, size, rotation and appearance of an artboard.

Artboard Options

The Artboard Options view is used when creating new artboards, editing the current artboard options, or setting up document options.

The artboard options editor view.

The artboard options are set in the following fields:

  • Style - Select from previously defined artboard styles or presets. Artboard styles can be used to set a single style for multiple artboards. Editing an artboard style will change all artboard using the style.
  • Artboard Name - Set a name for the artboard. The artboard name is shown on the top of the artboard, when the Artboard Label mode is set to Show in the View - Margins menu.
  • Artboard Count - Shown when creating new artboards. Set the number of new artboards to be created.
  • Artboard Size - Select a predefined artboard size. New artboard sizes can be created using the Save Preset command from the opened list.
  • Artboard Width - Set the width of the artboard.
  • Artboard Height - Set the height of the artboard.
  • Landscape - Enable or disable the landscape showing mode of the artboard. The landspace mode will use the larger value from the width and height as the artboard width.
  • Default Size - Enable or disable the use of the default artboard size from the document setup.
  • Position - Set the coordinates of the artboard position.
  • Rotation - Set the rotation angle of the artboard.
  • Margins - Set the artboard margins. Showing the margin indicator can be enable or disabled from the View - Margins menu. The margins can also be used as guidelines for snapping.
  • Fill - Enable and select a fill style for the artboard.
  • Enclosing Content - When enabled, the objects fully inside the artboard are considered to be part of the artboard, while moving, scaling or rotating the artboard. When disabled, objects intersecting the artboard are modified with the artboard.
  • Moves Content - Enable or disable the moving of objects on the artboard when moving the artboard.
  • Scales Content - Enable or disable the scaling of objects on the artboard when resizing the artboard.
  • Rotates Content - Enable or disable the rotation of objects on the artboard when rotating the artboard.
  • Grid - Setup a grid limited to the artboard area. The grid options view is shown, to setup the grid on the artboard. The grid options view is described in the Grids section.
  • Export - Setup export slice options for the artboard. The editing of an export slice is described in the Export Slices section.

Arrange Artboards

Arranging artboards of a canvas.

Artboards of a canvas can be positioned freely around a canvas, and they may partially overlap, using the same objects as content. The artboards created on a canvas can be arranged into a grid of artboards, using the Arrange Artboards command from the Canvas menu.

To arrange artboards of the current canvas:

  • Select the Arrange Artboards command from the Canvas menu.
  • Vertical - Set the direction of positioning the artboards by to vertical or horizontal.
  • Rows - In horizontal mode only, set the number of rows of the artboard grid.
  • Columns - In vertical mode only, set the number of columns of the artboard grid.
  • Spacing - Set the spacing between the artboards.
  • Increment X - Arrange artboards in increasing or decreasing order of their horizontal positions.
  • Increment Y - Arrange artboards in increasing or decreasing order of their vertical positions.
  • Move Content - Also move the objects inside an artboard region, with the artboard.

Create Guidelines

To create a grid of guidelines on the current artboard, select the Create Guidelines command of the Canvas menu.

Creating guidelines on the current artboard.

  • Columns - Set the number of guideline columns, and the spacing between the columns.
  • Rows - Set the number of guideline rows, and the spacing between the rows.
  • Artboard Margin - Create the guidelines relative to the arboard margin (enabled), or relative to the artboard frame (disabled).
  • Remove Guidelines - Remove all other guidelines of the artboard.