So, you’ve created some artboards in your Illustrator, but they are all over the place? Here is a quick tip on how to automatically re-arrange artboards. Get to your computer now and I’ll show you how to do it.
Open your Illustrator file with the scattered artboards, or create a new one with multiple artboards just for practise. If you don’t know how to create artboard, use the Artboard Tool SHIFT-O and draw the artboard with the cursor, OR, you can copy an existing artboard by OPTION dragging to a new location.
It should look something like this when you start:
Illustrator is going to use some kind of internal order for this arrange/sort process, so let’s get that done first. If you don’t already have the Artboards panel open, enable it from the menu WINDOW | ARTBOARDS.NOTE: Illustrator will disable this menu option until you have multiple artboards in the document.
You can sort the artboards by dragging them up/down to re-arrange the ordering.
Activate the menu option with nothing selected, then going to OBJECT | ARTBOARDS | RE-ARRANGE
Illustrator then shows a dialog box with some settings. Here you can make changes to the direction in which the grid is created.
You can choose how many columns you need, rows are created automatically. Then add in the spacing between artboards. Finally, you can select the option to move your existing artwork with the artboard (default).
Once you click OK on the dialog above, Illustrator will do the magic of the re-arrange. Don’t worry, if it didn’t go as planned, you can always just UNDO.
This is the final result:
I hope that you enjoyed getting the hang of automatically re-arranging artboards in Illustrator. Keep checking back for more Guides, Tips and Tutorials.