InDesign Secrets: How to Fake Illustrator Artboards in InDesign

I equally love both InDesign and Illustrator, but oftentimes I wish I could combine the functionality of the two. For example, I love the way that you can easily layout multiple artboards in Illustrator, but I much prefer working in InDesign for several reason:

  1. You can easily hide items that hang off your pages in InDesign (toggling with the W key), while in Illustrator you have to create a clipping mask to view everything contained within your artboard.

  2. You can easily crop images in InDesign by resizing your image frame and moving the image within it. And in Illustrator, again, you can only achieve this by creating a clipping mask.

So wouldn’t it be great if you could combine the functionality of Illustrator artboards with InDesign editing??

You can! One of my favorite InDesign secrets is creating makeshift “artboards.” This particularly comes in handy when creating multiple social media graphics, and you want to be able to view all of them at once, rather than having to scroll vertically down your screen to see page after page. Here’s a real-life example of how I create my logo portfolio for my instagram stories:

 
How to Fake Illustrator Artboards in InDesign
 

Sooo nice to be able to see a birdseye view of how they will actually look when scrolling through instagram, right??

Here’s how to do it:

So for this example, let's pretend like we are creating multiple graphics or templates for instagram stories, like I did in the sample shown above. But this layout can also come in handy when designing multiple business cards, blog post graphics, Facebook cover images, a multiple page presentation… whatever your heart desires!


 

The 5-step process:

1.  Create a new document. In the New Document dialog box, turn OFF Facing Pages. 

 
 
How to Fake Illustrator Artboards in InDesign
 

 

2. In the Pages panel menu, UNCHECK Allow Document Pages to Shuffle:

 
 
How to Fake Illustrator Artboards in InDesign
How to Fake Illustrator Artboards in InDesign
 

 

3. In the Pages panel, drag and drop your pages directly next to each other. Arrange your pages however you would like, but your layout should now look something like this:

How to Fake Illustrator Artboards in InDesign
 

 

4. To space your pages out, select SHIFT P (on a Mac), or select the Pages Tool on your Toolbar. Click directly on each page (“artboard”) and drag and drop each page to space them out.

How to Fake Illustrator Artboards in InDesign
 

 

5. Do the same thing to each page until your layout is arranged to your liking.

How to Fake Illustrator Artboards in InDesign
 

…And that’s it! Soooo easy but sooo life-changing, right?? Was for me! Let me know in the comments how this has (or will) come in handy for you!