Artboard 1.7 introduces a redesigned workflow for drawing. Simply pick a tool, choose a style from the Styles & Clip Art palette or create your own, and draw. Artboard 1.7 makes it even easier to effortlessly change a style’s properties and continue drawing. Read more »
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Mapdiva LLC today is pleased to announce a major update to Artboard, the simple, powerful, fun vector drawing software for Mac OS X. Artboard 1.7 is enhanced for the MacBook Pro with Retina-display. The update introduces a redesigned workflow for drawing. Read more »
To Show and Hide the Sidebar
Click the Sidebar icon in the Toolbar to show and hide the layers list. The Sidebar can also be dragged open and closed using your cursor.
To Work with Layers
Think of Artboard’s layers like a stack of tracing paper (or transparent mylar). Just like drawing on paper, each layer can hold multiple graphics in your drawing. You can use each layer as its own "page" to organize your graphics. Within each layer, drawing objects have their own stack order and objects can be moved in front of or behind each other. Just like with a stack of tracing paper, your graphics on upper layers are shown “drawn on top” of objects in lower layers. Create your drawing with one or more layers. Use layers to stack objects in front of or behind each other, to organize for printing or exporting, and to hide or isolate objects for easy editing.
Click onto a layer name in the Layers list to activate the layer (designated by the white arrow). To keep your drawing organized, only objects in the currently active layer can be selected and manipulated. To select an object on a different layer, first click onto the layer to which it belongs to make the layer active. Note, multiple objects cannot be selected among different layers.
The active layer is highlighted and designated by a white arrow to the left of the layer name. A dot at the left of a layer name indicates that one or more objects within the layer that remain selected, even though the layer is no longer active.
Drag to re-order layers. Click the "+" and "–" icons to add or delete layers. Layers can be locked and unlocked by clicking the "Lock" icon, as well as made hidden or visible by toggling the “show” (eye) icon. Color-wells indicate the color of the selection handles when an object on that layer is selected. To set the color, click the well and choose a new color in the pop-up menu.
To rename a layer, double click the layer name in the Layer view and enter a new layer name, or right-click in the layer view and select “Rename” to change the name of the selected layer.
A Guide layer and Graph Paper layer are available in every drawing file. Click the "show" (eye) icon to make them visible.
To Use the Layer Menu
Layer behavior is also controlled in the Main Menu. Advanced layer behaviors, such as moving selected objects among new or existing layers, are available. To quickly move the selected object(s) from one layer to another, choose Layer > Move To > from the main menu. Moving to a new layer will both create a new layer and move objects. Only layers that are visible and unlocked will be active in the move-to list.
By default, you can select objects only within the currently active layer. To enable the ability to automatically switch active layers when selecting objects, choose Artboard > Preferences > Options pane in the main menu and check Auto-Activate Clicked Layer. Note, multiple objects cannot be selected among different layers.
To Enable Cascading "Shared" Styles
Advanced users can “share” styles that cascade across objects. If you’ve used Artboard version 1.6 or prior and have existing styles that you want to continue to be shared, activate this setting in the Artboard Preferences pane.
To enable shared styles, check "Enable Style sharing" in the Artboard > Preferences… Editing pane. If you want new styles that you create to be sharable by default, make sure "Styles are sharable by default" is also checked.
What are Shared Styles?
Artboard is smart about shared styles. When you draw several objects using the same style, they share the properties of that style. If you edit a shared style, the changes are applied across all instances of the style – in other words you will see the changes on all objects where the style has been used. In this way, changes to styles across multiple objects can be made very quickly and efficiently.
Create three objects in a row, and they will share the same style; adjust the style and it will automatically cascade across all three. You can break the style link between successive objects by clicking “Reset” to create a new style reset to the default, or "Clone" to create a new style based on the one currently in use.
The Format Bar provides quick access to simple fill and stroke style editing. Advanced “expert” styles, such as arrowed paths and gradient fills, are created using Artboard’s powerful Style Inspector and should be edited with the Style Inspector. Use the "Reset" and "Clone" buttons to create a new style and continue drawing without affecting the objects you’ve already drawn. Remember, shared styles cascade across drawing objects– if you edit a style without clicking "Reset" or "Clone" the changes will apply across all objects where the style has been used.
HINT: Styles in the built-in Mapdiva collection cannot be over-written – to edit styles in the built-in collection, use "Clone" to make a copy of the original. Editing a shared library style can have unforeseen consequences, including if the style is in use in other documents.
What Do "Reset" and "Clone" Mean?
Use the "Reset" and "Clone" buttons in the Format Bar or Style Inspector to create a new style and continue drawing without affecting the objects you’ve already drawn. Remember, shared styles cascade across drawing objects – if you edit a style without clicking "Reset" or "Clone" the changes will apply across all objects where the style has been used.
To create a new style from scratch, click the "Reset" button. Artboard’s simple default style with a black stroke and gray fill is created. To customize the style, check or uncheck the "Stroke" and "Fill" style components and adjust the colors and settings as desired. Continue drawing.
To create a style from an existing style, use an existing style and click the "Clone" button. Clone will make a copy of the style you are currently using so you can make changes to it and continue drawing. Use clone, for example, when you want to change the stroke width but keep all other settings the same. Complex styles should be edited in the Style Inspector.
In this tutorial we present three ways to use the Mac OS X ColorSync color management system to generate CMYK color space graphics from your exported Artboard and Ortelius graphics. Read more »
Mapdiva today announces Artboard 1.6, a major update to their powerful vector drawing software for Mac OS X. Artboard makes it easy to design logos, posters, technical drawings and more. Artboard includes over 1700 awesome styles and fully editable clip art, including shapes, shiny buttons, maps, people factory, and home planning; plus a Library to store your own. Version 1.6, optimized for OS Mountain Lion, adds Retina-display support, many new features, and important usability enhancements. Read more »
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