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Real World Print Production with Adobe Creative Suite Applications by Claudia McCue

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Please Don’t Call Artboards “Pages”

The artboard concept is best suited for projects such as collateral pieces that share swatches and common bits of artwork, or projects with multiple versions. While it’s tempting (and easy) to refer to artboards as pages, please don’t think of them as pages: Think of them as sheets of drawing paper. Perhaps that will help you resist being lured into building a 16-page brochure as an Illustrator file with 16 artboards (this will cause the prepress guys to refer to you in unflattering terms once you are out of earshot). It’s a case of “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” Artboards don’t provide basic page-layout features such as master pages, margin guides, and automatic page numbers. Consider those ...

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