Styles and Clip Art Palette

Artboard ships with an outstanding Library of over 1900 uniques styles and editable vector clip art. New styles and graphics can be added to the user’s Library. These are accessible to you from the Styles & Clip Art palette while you draw.

To Open the Styles & Clip Art Palette

Do one of the following:

  • Click the Styles & Clip Art  button on the toolbar, or
  • Choose ‘Window > Styles & Clip Art’ palette from the main menu.

Recognize How Items Look in the Palette

While styles and clip art are both present in the Styles & Clip Art palette, the palette is smart about the type of tool you have active. Choose your tool, then choose a style to apply to that tool while it is active. Items that can be used with the active tool are enabled and highlighted, disabled items are subtly grayed-out. For example, when you draw a shape the stroke and fill styles are enabled. Clip art are enabled when the Clip Art Stamp tool is being used. All styles and clip art are enabled while the Select tool is active.

You can tell an item’s type by its appearance in the palette:

  • FILL – Styles are shown in a square.
  • STROKE – Styles are shown on a curved path.
  • CLIP ART – Look just like their graphic.
  • TEXT – Text styles show as text.

HINT: Hover your cursor over any item and its name and type (style or clip art) appears in the tooltip.

To Draw with Existing Styles

  1. Open the Styles & Clip Art  palette.
  2. Choose a drawing tool from the Tools palette.
  3. Choose a stroke or fill style from the Styles & Clip Art palette (note, clip art will be visible but not selectable).
  4. Start drawing.
  5. Continue drawing (subsequent objects have the same style properties until they are changed).
  6. To change styles, click once onto a different style in the Styles & Clip Art palette and continue drawing.

To Apply a Different Library Style to an Existing Object

Do one of the following:

  • With the object selected, double-click a stroke or fill style from the Styles & Clip Art palette, or
  • Press the cursor onto a style from Styles & Clip Art palette and drag it onto and existing object, release.

HINT: An alert pops up to confirm you intended the change. Optionally, check the “Do not show this message again” box to turn off the alert. Reset alerts in the ‘Artboard > Preferences…’ menu.

To Add Clip Art to Your Drawing

Do one of the following:

  1. Choose the Stamp [y]  tool, choose a clip art from the Styles & Clip Art palette then click one or more times onto the drawing canvas to place the graphic, or
  2. Choose the Select [s] tool from the Tools palette then drag-and-drop clip art from the Styles & Clip Art palette directly onto your drawing canvas.

Browse Collections and Categories

  1. In the Styles & Clip Art palette toolbar, click the Library drop-down button to view the list of available collections and categories.
  2. Use the forward and back buttons to navigate through previously visited categories.
  3. Search for styles and clip art in the currently selected category from the search bar.

HINT: Search results are returned for the currently selected category. If you want to search the entire Collection, make sure “Artboard Collection” is chosen from the drop-down menu.

To Edit a Style in Your User Collection

Styles that have been added to your user Collection may be edited.

  1. In the Styles & Clip Art palette, choose the user style you wold like to edit.
  2. In the Styles Tab, check the box to make the style editable.
  3. Edit the style in the Styles Tab.

HINT: Items in the built-in Mapdiva Library cannot be made editable. Clone to edit styles in the built-in library.

HINT: Advanced users using Global styles should exercise caution when modifying Library styles, as style changes apply to all objects sharing that style (inlcuding other files).