Artboard delivers with dozens of templates for backgrounds, blank standard paper, and popular layouts. When you first open Artboard, the Template Gallery is shown by default. Templates include a variety of paper sizes and designs, some of which are sized for poster (tiled) printing or can be shrunk to fit to a single page upon printing.
When you save a drawing created from a standard or custom template, the modifications will not affect the original file. That is, the template itself remains untouched.
1. Open a New Drawing from Template
Choose ‘File > Templates > New From Template…’ from the main menu.
- Browse the folders of included templates, or your user templates (if any).
- Click “New” to use the template, or “Cancel” to skip templates.
- Check the box to Show the Template Gallery when opening Artboard.
- Within any given template, drawing objects are placed on different layers to keep objects organized. Choose the Layers Tab, then click onto a layer to make it active. Use the Select [s] tool and click an object within the active layer to select it.
2. Display (or Hide) the Template Gallery when Launching Artboard
- Launch Artboard (first time) or choose ‘File > Template > New From Template…’ from the main menu.
- Do one of the following:
- Check (or uncheck) ‘Show this window at launch’ to be presented with the template window each time you open Artboard, or
- Open ‘Artboard > Preferences… > Options’ in the main menu and check (or uncheck) ‘Show Template Gallery when launching application.’
3. Create Your Own Templates
- Create a new drawing.
- Choose ‘File > Templates… > Save Copy As Template’ to create your own template. A copy of the file is stored in the Template Gallery under a folder titled ‘My Templates’.
Manage ‘My Templates’
User created templates are saved to a special folder. Here’s how to access them:
- Choose ‘File > Templates > New From Template…’ from the main menu.
- Click to select a template (it will be highlighted in green when selected).
- Right-click the selected user template and choose “Reveal In Finder” from the contextual menu.
Need a hand getting started? Artboard’s Templates include a series of hands-on exercises to help users who are new to vector drawing tools. Choose ’File > Templates > New From Template…’ from the main menu and select a new document from the Hands On Exercises.