How to Create an Artboard Document in Adobe Photoshop

Artboards are a great way to work with multiple design elements in a single Photoshop document. They allow you to create different layouts and sizes for your artwork, making it easy to export your work as individual files for different uses.

Creating an Artboard Document

  1. Launch Adobe Photoshop and select File > New.
  2. In the New Document dialog box, set the Width and Height of your artboards. You can also specify the Resolution and Color Mode.
  3. Under the Background Contents section, select Transparent (if you want a transparent background) or White (if you want a white background).
  4. Check the Create New Artboard checkbox.
  5. Click Create.

Adding and Managing Artboards

  1. To create a new artboard, click the Artboard Tool (Shift+V) and click and drag on the canvas to create the artboard. You can also right-click on the canvas and select New Artboard.
  2. To resize an artboard, click and drag on the artboard’s corners or sides.
  3. To duplicate an artboard, click and hold the Alt key (Option key on Mac) and drag the artboard to the desired location.
  4. To delete an artboard, click and drag it to the trash icon in the Layers Panel.

Using Artboards

  1. You can work on different artboards simultaneously by clicking on the artboard you want to work on in the Layers Panel.
  2. To lock an artboard, click the lock icon in the Layers Panel. This will prevent you from accidentally editing the artboard.
  3. To export an artboard individually, select the artboard in the Layers Panel and then go to File > Export.

Tips for Using Artboards

  • Use grid lines and guides to help you align and position your artwork.
  • Use layers to organize your artwork and make it easier to edit.
  • Use snapping to quickly snap objects to artboards and guides.
  • Use actions to automate tasks, such as creating new artboards, resizing artboards, and duplicating artboards.