Unfortunately, there is no method to convert artboards to objects. You'll need to draw rectangles.
I thought so, thanks...
In future you could draw your rectangles to the size that you want your artboards first, then use them to make the new artboards. You end up with an artboard with a no-stroke-or-fill line around it. If that gets in the way change it to a guide and release the guide when you want it back. You can finally draw one big artboard to encompass all your smaller ones then delete or ignore the small ones.
Roger that is a good work flow for some situations but there is a difference between an art board and defined area turned into a guide.
Toy can print selected artboards or a range of them, you can export them as in different formats and use them to define the size of the exported file.
There are other advantages as well.
However your techniques is not entire off the mark. You could draw a rectangle and define it as a guide but before doing so copy and paste in front and the convert the copy to an artboard then you can always release the guide and turn that back into a shape.
Theres no need to do the copy/paste routine. Simply draw the rectangle
and click it with the artboard tool - the path remains and can be
turned to a guide if it is a problem
That is true however if you have not created the artboard by first
making a rectangle you will not be able to convert the artboard to
rectangle a path. You are still using my technique to be able to
recover the artboard an object and right now the only way.
Absolutely, but what I'm suggesting is making the rectangle first - a
bit like it used to work in CS2 with the crop area
I think I suggested making the rectangle first and then cop and paste
in front and turn convert that to an artboard.
So I do not understand the difference if I write first make a
rectangle and you write first make a rectangle.
Explain the difference.
Well, if you make a rectangle and then click it with the artboard
tool, you get an artboard with a rectangle. Why do you need to copy/
paste anything? If you dont want your rectangle accidentally getting
selected/moved, turn it into a guide. If you want it back (I do this a
lot with certain types of drawing) release the guide. Now if you want
to print a page that has multiple artboards/rectangles (assuming you
want the rectangles visible to, for instance, isolate aspects of the
drawing) add a stroke to the rectangles and make one big artboard that
includes everything you want on the print.
I can't see why you want to copy/paste anything.
Ah ha! I see where the problem lies - you didn't read my first post correctly - Your answer assumes that I don't know the difference between an area enclosed by a guide and an artboard. I did see another of your posts somewhere that said you are sometimes prone to mis-reading things
I=t was just that I was developing a technique that might work for the
OP s there was an improvement over this
I recognize that it just did not occur to me at the time but in the
end it is the very same thing.
The only thing different from I wrote and you wrote was that you
pointed wisely that you can simply click the rectangle with the art
which makes the technique even easier and more workable.
Not t all in this case you simply keep repeating what i wrote except
for the fact that if you click on the rectangle it will turn it into
But I do see the problem.