mandag den 22. maj 2017

The Magic of Copy-Paste: PART 1-Simple tricks

Illustration of copy-pasting in Adobe Illustrator, a witch copies a star

This post in Productivista is about one of my favorite functions in Adobe Illustrator. It is a big time saver, easy to use and works like magic. I love it.

Like in many other applications you can Copy your object or text by using the shortcut key "Ctrl/Cmd+C"

You can cut your object or text with shortcut "Ctrl/Cmd+X"

If you afterwards press the shortcut key "Ctrl/Cmd+V" (Paste) Adobe Illustrator pastes your object somewhere. It is usually some unintended place. (I can never figure out where my object will appears, and need to drag it to its intended place).

You can can continue to use these shortcuts, but I want to introduce you to two other very useful shortcuts:

"Ctrl/Cmd+F"-Place in front

"Ctrl/Cmd+B"-Place in back

I hope you will be as happy for them as I do.

Paste in front

  • Choose the object you want to copy
  • Press "Ctrl/Cmd+C"
  • Then press "Ctrl/Cmd+F"

You can see in the layers panel, that you now have two objects just on top of each other.

Then, as an example, the fill can be changed on the top object to a pattern.

If you want to paste your object in front of all objects in a layer stack

  • Choose object you want to copy
  • Press "Ctrl/Cmd+C".
  • Than deselect the current object by clicking some place on the artboard

  • Then press "Ctrl/Cmd+F"

Your object is now on top of the stack in the layer.

You can now easily make a clipping mask.

Paste in back "Ctrl/Cmd+B"

Paste in back works in a similar way
  • Choose the object you want to copy
  • Press "Ctrl/Cmd+C"
  • Then press "Ctrl/Cmd+B"
Adobe Illustrator pastes the copy just below the original object.

To paste your object below all elements in the layer stack you must click somewhere on the artboard in order to deselect everything and then press "Ctrl/Cmd+B"

You can also use this functions with "Ctrl/Cmd+X"

If I need to make some changes to an object, which is just below some other object and for some reason I can't click on it and choose it.

The I cut the top object with "Ctrl/Cmd+X"

Make changes to the object below.

And than paste the top object back again with Ctrl/Cmd+F

As I mentioned before, I found these shortcut very smart and I use it a lot in my work flow.

I hope you can also find it useful in your working process.

There is no more magic for today, but next time here on the Productivista blog, I will show more magical tricks with copy-paste....

tirsdag den 9. maj 2017

Artboards in Adobe Illustrator 3: Rearrange artboards

I've previously showed how you can save time by working on duplicated artboards in parallel and how to rename and save artboards with unique names for seperate files.

It is also nice to know, how artboards can be rearranged. There are two cases where I often find this feature useful.

  1.  By tracking artboard up or down, like in layers panel, the order of the artboards can be changed. But this is not a dynamic feature and nothing will be changed until artboards will be rearranged.
  2. If this dialog box appears.

To fix this, choose "Rearrange Artboards..." from the drop down menu on top right corner.

In the dialog box, choose the options, you want to apply and then press OK.

The artboards are now nicely placed in to columns, which gives you a better overview.

Please comment if you find this useful or want to share how you put artboards to best use in your work.

onsdag den 3. maj 2017

Artboards in Adobe Illustrator 2: Rename and save

Last time I wrote a bit about how to duplicate and customize artboards for later working in parallel. 

Usually I don´t rename Arboards, but from time to time I need to save each artboard separately. It can then be useful to give artboards a proper name to avoid confusion.

The picture above shows, that when duplicating artboards Adobe Illustrator automatically gives the Artboards names as copy, copy2, and so forth. Just like layers, artboards can also be renamed by double clicking on the name field and typing a new name. 

If, for some reasons, you want to separate files for of each of the artboard, you can do the following:

Open the Illustrator Option menu by using "Save As" command and click the tick box "Save each artboard to a separate file"

In Adobe Bridge, there will now be five files: My original file (with all 4 artboards) and four single page files. The single page files will all be named Hangtag_artboard name.

I like this function and use from time to time. Let me know if you think it's useful by commenting.

mandag den 1. maj 2017

Artboards in Adobe Illustrator: Duplicate artboards

The first theme of my blog will be about artboards in Adobe Illustrator. In my work I often need to create variations of the same basic artwork. Therefore I prefer to duplicate artboards, rather than create them from scratch.

As an example I'll show how to create variations of a simple hang tag.

So let´s start by opening Artboards panel:

In the artboard panel I choose "Duplicate Artboards" from the drop down menu in the upper right corner.

Now I have to identical artboards, with the advantage that the artwork is placed at exactly the same location on both artboards. 

To try out four color variations, I duplicate my artboard three times and choose four different colors.

It makes your artwork look more professional as it does not jump from side to side on the pages.