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Adobe Illustrator’s “Window Rulers” and “Artboard Rulers”

Adobe Illustrator の「ウィンドウ定規」と「アートボード定規」

Hey everybody! It’s atom!
I’m going to write about Adobe Illustrator’s “Window Rulers” and “Artboard Rulers”.

When you are creating a multi-page design in Illustrator, there are times when you want to place an object on one page at the same position on another page.
In such cases, how do you do it?

Basically, you can copy the artboard to begin with, or you can copy an object and paste it into the same position using command+shift+v. But there are times when you want to change the coordinates of an object that has already been placed to match those of another object.

Artboard Ruler solves this.

I recently learned that there are two types of rulers in Illustrator: window rulers and artboard rulers.

The “Window Ruler” applies a single ruler to all artboards, with the upper left corner of the first artboard as the coordinate (0,0).
Artboard Ruler” applies a complete ruler within each artboard (currently selected artboard), with the upper left corner of each artboard (0,0) as the coordinate (0,0).

With this “Artboard Ruler,” you can apply the same coordinates of any object in one artboard to any object in another artboard.

↓Here is the “Artboard Ruler”. The upper left corner of each artboard (currently selected artboard) is the coordinate (0,0).
Illustrator Artboard Ruler

↓ Here is the “Window Ruler”; the upper left corner of the first artboard is the coordinate (0,0).
Illustrator window ruler

Switching the ruler is easy

You can switch to “Change to Artboard Ruler” or “Change to Window Ruler” from “View > Ruler” in the menu bar.
Switching Illustrator Rulers

That’s convenient!
I wonder how long this has been around.

So, Adobe Illustrator’s “Window Ruler” and “Artboard Ruler”, if you didn’t know about them yet, please take a look!