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.
you have Illustrator CS5--do you also have Indesign CS5 or CS4?
IF you do....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.
I do have InDesign too - all are CS3.
I have 18 components within the larger design.
Can I create an 18 page InDesign file with the Illustrator file imported 18 times.
Will I be able to turn on and off layers from within InDesign?
That is a start - I'll be giving it a try - thank you.
"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'.