Constrain Angle, Aspect Ratio and Location

Use constraints to keep lines perpendicular or at set angles to the page,and to control the relative horizontal and vertical size of an object – its “aspect ratio”.

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Snap to Grid, Guides and Other Objects

The snap-to settings create hot spots to which points, center points, and object handles will snap when active.

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Style Dropper

The Style Dropper is used to pick up a style from one object and drop it on another. It can also be used to “quick pick up” a style from an existing object while you draw.

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Clipart Stamp

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.

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Text Tools

Add and edit a text box or text on a path.

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Edit Path Tools

After paths and curves are drawn, they are easily adjusted using the Select [s] tool, Add Point [=] and Delete Point [-] tools. Modifier keys provide ability to fine-tune path and curve handles, shown in blue while path is selected.

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Path and Curve Tools

Draw straight and curved paths in Artboard. Bezier paths and freehand paths contain curve handles at points along the path. Drawing with the Freehand Path tool is much like drawing with a pen, whereas Bezier paths give you absolute control.

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To Draw Shapes

Drawing shapes is simple and direct. Object handles and control knobs are visible and editable using the single, direct Select [s] tool. Alternatively, use numeric input to edit object geometry in The Geometry Tab.

Arcs, wedges, stars, regular polygons and round rectangles have additional settings that are directly adjustable with special object handles – we call these Smart Shapes.

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Select, Zoom & Pan Tools

Artboard uses a single direct Select [s]  tool to select objects, move, rotate, move path points, change shapes, and more. With the Select [s] tool, click or drag over object(s) to select.

Artboard offers flexible options to pan and zoom your drawing.

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The Tools Palette

The Tools palette is visible by default. To Show / Hide Tools, click the Tools button on the toolbar, or choose ‘Window > Tools’ from the main menu.

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Using Templates

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.

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Drawing Plans To Scale

Plans are technical drawings and two-dimensional diagrams used in architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, and engineering. A key component of a plan is the drawing is "to scale" where units in the drawing are proportional to real world units, such as 1-inch in the drawing equals 1-foot in the real world. Use Artboard’s scale feature to draw all the geometric features for floor plans, garden design, product drawings, simple maps, and more.

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