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Illustrator CS5: Modify Multiple Artboards

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Here is an example for modifying multiple artboards using a new document with 8 artboards with a single letter on each one, which you should think of not just as a letter but as an object (see below):
Illustrator CS5 - Modify Multiple Artboards

Select all your artboards using Command-A (⌘A) (see below):
Illustrator CS5 - Modify Multiple Artboards

Using the Selection Tool (V) – shift-click the letter “a” and the blue line below it disappears (see below):
Illustrator CS5 - Modify Multiple Artboards

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Now hit Delete and the other letters (objects) disappear (see below):
Illustrator CS5 - Modify Multiple Artboards

Still using the Selection Tool (V) – select the letter “a” again (see below):
Illustrator CS5 - Modify Multiple Artboards

Go to Window - Align (⇧F7) to open up its Floating Panel and click Show Options (see below):
Illustrator CS5 - Modify Multiple Artboards

Click-hold the Align To: button and select Align to Artboard (see below):
Illustrator CS5 - Modify Multiple Artboards

Then click Horizontal Align Center (see below):
Illustrator CS5 - Modify Multiple Artboards

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Hide the Align Floating Panel if you want. Then go to Edit - Copy or use Command-C (⌘C) to copy your still selected “a” (see below):
Illustrator CS5 - Modify Multiple Artboards

Then Delete the “a” (see below):
Illustrator CS5 - Modify Multiple Artboards

Then go to Edit - Paste on All Artboards or use Option-Shift-Command-V (⌥⇧⌘V) and all your artboards are filled with that “a” you just positioned and copied – wheee! (see below):
Illustrator CS5 - Modify Multiple Artboards

And now you have the same object positioned in the same place on all your artboards. Select the Type Tool (T) or just double-click the “a” on any artboard and change it to whatever letter you want (see below):
Illustrator CS5 - Modify Multiple Artboards
Illustrator CS5 - Modify Multiple Artboards

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Keep going (see below):
Illustrator CS5 - Modify Multiple Artboards

Change your artboard sizes by going to File - Document Setup... or use Option-Command-P (⌥⌘P) and click Edit Artboards (see below):
Illustrator CS5 - Modify Multiple Artboards

Or, click the Artboard Tool – or, hit Shift-O (⇧O) (see below):
Illustrator CS5 - Modify Multiple Artboards

– either way you'll be switched to Artboard Mode (see below):
Illustrator CS5 - Modify Multiple Artboards

Hit Escape to get out of Artboard Mode.

If you're already in Overprint Preview, when you switch to Artboard Mode you'll see white as a background instead of dark grey (see below) – you can toggle in and out Overprint Preview of using Option-Shift-Command-Y (⌥⇧⌘Y).

Again, hit Escape to get out of Artboard Mode.

Any questions?

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