Illustrator: Copy Artboard + Contents

I keep forgetting this simple trick so I’m going to jot it down. In Adobe Illustrator you can copy your artboard and all of it’s content by selected the Artboard Tool and then hold down Option and click/drag the existing artboard to it’s new location. This will create a copy of the artboard dimensions and the contents as well. Be careful because it makes for messy layer organization if you get too carried away.

Short: (Artboard Tool) Option + Click/Drag Artboard = Copy Artboard & Contents

If you have multiple artboards in a document you can save each of them individually. Simply go to file > save as > then under options select “save each artboard to a separate file.” You should have the ability to determine your range if you only want to save out a few.

Nick Winters

Nick performs web marketing and design for Wenatchee Valley College. In his spare time, he takes on freelance projects and fun creative opportunities via Pixel to Press.

12 Comments

  1. Alex on September 20, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    Thanks for jotting this down. Just as a reminder – any locked layers will not copy with the artboard

  2. Matteo on May 10, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Having to create a 220 Artoworks Card Game, I can only say THANK YOU 😀

  3. Amy on June 30, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Super helpful. Thanks so much.

  4. Shad on April 28, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Can you copy the artboard to another illustrator document in a similar way?

    • Jonathan on August 30, 2016 at 5:04 AM

      I’d like to know this as well. can you copy an ARTBOARD from one document into another existing document?

      • Nick Winters on September 2, 2016 at 3:41 PM

        You can save each artboard into it’s own document by going to file > save as > then under options, select “save each artboard to a separate file.” You should have the ability to select a range. Cheers!

  5. Kasey Coder on August 27, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Such a gem – thank you!

  6. Malik Sky on June 14, 2016 at 7:08 AM

    Thanks a loT! dOING A CHILDREN’S BOOK, SUCH A LIFESAVER YOU ARE! :d

  7. Alaasblog on August 1, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    thanks a lot it’s saves my life and my time now i can design my agenda in short time yaaaaay

  8. tom hebdige on November 30, 2016 at 2:32 AM

    recent forced convert from freehand, all these little tips help, AI is not so bad

    thanks

  9. Paul D. Gault on February 10, 2017 at 7:34 AM

    aWESOME TIP, THANKS!

  10. Nikole on October 17, 2019 at 9:18 AM

    Thanks <3

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