As a designer, I use to work on a project and use multiple artboards for a single file in Adobe Illustrator. But then I need to save all the artboards as separate files. It took me a lot of time to know the easy and shortcut way to save all artboards separately. Before that, I used to create a new file, then copy and paste all the designs from one to another.
You should know that Adobe Illustrator is designed in such a way that it can save all the designs within a single file as a mega file. So that you can easily work on it without worrying to open each file separately. But sometimes it becomes need to separate all the files. You can save artboards and separate the files in Illustrator by doing some settings from the Illustrator Options menu that can help you to save the document as needed.
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Save Artboards as Separate Files in Adobe Illustrator – Video Tutorial
You can watch the below video tutorial that can help you learn how to save artboards as separate files in Adobe Illustrator.
Adobe Illustrator allows you to export files in different formats. You can save all artboards that you have as PDF, SVG, JPG, and PNG. These formats are the most popular and widely used among designers to export their designs to be used further.
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If you are new or don’t have any idea to save artboards as separate files in Adobe Illustrator then you are at right place. In this tutorial, you will learn how to save artboards as separate files in Adobe Illustrator.
So let’s start.
Save Artboards as Separate Files in Adobe Illustrator 2022
To save artboards as separate files in illustrator, tick the option of Save each artboard to a separate file from the Illustrator Options panel and then click OK. To see the Illustrator Options panel, go to File >Save. Chose any file type and click Save from the Save As Panel.
Following are the details steps to save artboards as separate files in Adobe Illustrator.
As you can see we have multiple artboards within a single file, so we want to save them as separate Files. All artboards have the same sizes because we created them for different seasons’ purposes. You can also use multiple artboards of different sizes to separate them while saving.
Step 1: Go to File > Save. But if you have already saved the Illustrator file then go to File > Save As.
Step 2: Save As dialog box will appear. In this dialog box, you can select the location where you want to save the files, you can add the name, and then select the Type of the file, as you want to save your all designs.
The available formats are:
- Adobe Illustrator (*.AI)
- Adobe PDF (*.PDF)
- Illustrator EPS (*.EPS)]
- Illustrator Template (*.AIT)
- SVG (*.SVG)
- SVG Compressed (*.SVGZ)
After selecting any format or type of file, click Save.
Note: We are selecting the AI file because it’s editable and can easily be used to export a jpeg file when needed.
Step 3: The illustrator Options dialog box appears as you click Save. In this panel, under the Options, click and check Save each artboard to a separate file.
You can find the option available in the middle of the Illustrator Options dialog box. By default this option is disabled. If you want to save separate files then make sure it is enabled.
Step 4: Click Ok to continue.
All artboards will be saved into separate files as AI documents. However, if you select any other format then the same will happen, only the type of the document will be different.
If the option to Save each artboard to a separate file is disabled then you will have all artboards in a single file. But as you enable it all the artboards will be separated into a new file.
As we have four artboards in our document, so separating each artboard as a file ended up having five documents. Adobe Illustrator saves the “Master file” in which all artboards are included and the remaining four files for the four separate artboards.
All the files will be saved as the name of the artboards. You can change the name of the artboard by using the Artboard tool.
If you want to save some artboards as separate files and not the others then you can also perform this task in the Illustrator Options dialog box.
You will see two different options available, name All and Range.
By default, All is selected, which means that all artboards will be saved as separate files. The Range option will allow you to save only the artboards that you mention in the range as numbers. Because it might happen that if you have four artboards and you want to separate only two, then it is a good idea to use the Range to separate artboards.
The number or range of the artboards can be seen in the Artboard panel. You can access the artboard panel by Window > Artboards. You can rearrange artboards in any order if needed.
You have learned to save artboards as separate files in Adobe Illustrator.
In this tutorial, you have learned to save artboards as separate files in Adobe Illustrator. Adobe Illustrator provides amazing features that can help to easily work with multiple artboards and then easily separate them without worrying about losing any design. Plus point is that you can also get the master file with all separated files. Which can help you to organize all the designs, in the future from the Master files. Like you can easily change the theme of your designs easily.
Have More Questions?
If you have any questions related to saving artboards as separate files in Adobe Illustrator, you can ask in the comment section below. We have also answered some most frequently asked questions as well.
Save artboards as separate PDF files Illustrator
To save artboards as separate Pdf files in Illustrator, go to File > Save as. Select File type PDF and click Save. From the Illustrator Options dialog box, select Save each artboard to a separate file and click OK. All artboards will be saved as separate pdf files.
How to export artboards in Illustrator
To export artboards in Illustrator, go to File > Export. Select an option. Set the File name and type and then click Export. The artboard will be exported.
All Done! Enjoy.