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.

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Nick Winters

Nick Winters is the Web Marketing & Graphic Designer for Wenatchee Valley College and owner of Pixel to Press, LLC. He enjoys many outdoor activities, such as: Skiing, Snowboarding, Mountain Biking, Wakeboarding, and Wakesurfing. Never not working, never not having fun.

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    Alex

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

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    Matteo

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

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    Amy

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    Super helpful. Thanks so much.

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    Shad

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

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      Jonathan

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

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        Nick Winters

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        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!

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    Kasey Coder

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    Such a gem – thank you!

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    Malik Sky

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

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    Alaasblog

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

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    tom hebdige

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

    thanks

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