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Mike Nuzzo
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Rotate Page Tool or Artboards?

Jan 6, 2011 9:09 PM



Does Illustrator CS5 have the ability to Rotate the page tool or artboards?


I have a large design that I also print out individual pieces at 100% scale.

Some times the pieces will not fit on a single piece of paper in landscape or portrait.

If I rotate the entire design I can get the element to fit diagonally on the paper.


My end product is both the large design and the individual designs.

Currently I have to create separate files to print out the individual designs - which are part of the total design.

I now have duplicate files that need to be updated - no good.


My designs have hundreds of layers with combinations of hidden and locked elements.


Thank you.

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    Jan 6, 2011 9:38 PM   in reply to Mike Nuzzo

    you have Illustrator CS5--do you also have Indesign CS5 or CS4?


    IF you can place your illustrator files into an Indesign document and rotate them there--so they fit on your paper (then if you change part of the design in an illustrator file--opening the Indesign file will update or ask you if you want to update links). End result should allow you to do what you want---if I'm understanding correctly what you mean by 'individual designs' and 'total design.

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    Jan 6, 2011 9:57 PM   in reply to Mike Nuzzo

    "Can I create an 18 page InDesign file with the Illustrator file  imported 18 times."  --  yes


    "Will I be able to turn on and off layers from  within InDesign?" --  not sure with CS3.


    CS4 and CS5 can do this--the placed files need to be .ai files--you right click the placed art and get a flyout menu with a choice being 'Layer Options'.

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    Jan 7, 2011 12:18 AM   in reply to Mike Nuzzo

    With multiple artboards in CS4 or CS5 you can have artboards in both portrait and lanscape mode (as well as various sizes). Your limitation is the CS3.

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    Jan 7, 2011 6:30 AM   in reply to Mike Nuzzo

    No. Artboards define printable areas. Paper in your printer will also be either landscape or portrait - disegarded the variation caused by improper paper feeding that is.

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