Chapter 1. What's New in Illustrator CS4

In This Chapter

  • Working with multiple artboards

  • Blobbing with the new Blob Brush tool

  • Working with the Appearance panel

Yes, Adobe has done it again — the developers have created an even better Adobe Illustrator, and you can discover the best new features in this chapter. This chapter breezes through the new features to open your eyes to exciting new work methods. Don't forget to look for references to where you can get more in-depth knowledge in other locations in this minibook.

Finally! Multiple Artboards

For those of you who wished that you could produce multiple page documents in Illustrator, your wish has come true. Something should be said about the new multiple artboard feature because Illustrator isn't really the creation tool that you want to use to make multiple page documents, such as catalogs and books, but it's handy to be able to add artboards to spec sheets and technical drawings.

In the past, adding pages was done using a rather convoluted method of making a large artboard and then tiling the pages. Now you can create multiple artboards (up to 100!) as soon as the New Document dialog box appears.

Creating a document with multiple artboards

To create a document with multiple artboards, follow these steps:

  1. Launch Adobe Illustrator CS4 and choose File

    Creating a document with multiple artboards
    New.

    The New Document dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 1-1.

  2. Choose how many artboards ...

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