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Photoshop in 60 Seconds: What Are Artboards?

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Welcome to our Photoshop in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn a Photoshop skill, feature, or technique in just a minute!

Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Artboards

Artboards are a welcomed recent addition to the lineup of Photoshop features. The premise is to be able to work on several different "canvases" all within the same document. This is a great feature for user Interface designers, and if you have just a minute I'll show you what they are and how they work.

How to Use Artboards in Adobe Photoshop

Artboards are used to show several canvases all on the same document and are helpful when developing interfaces.

Artboards Used to Develop Interfaces

To begin using Artboards, set the Document Type to Artboard when you create a New Document in Photoshop, then select an Artboard Size.

Create an Artboard When Setting Up a New Document

To add additional Artboards to your canvas, use the Artboard Tool.

Add Additional Artboards with the Artboard Tool

You can also use the Add New Artboard icon from the options bar or draw one out by hand.

Add Artboards with the New Artboard Icon

In the Layers panel, Artboards appear as a specialized type of Layer Group. So when you use the Layers panel to move or copy content from one art board to another, Photoshop automatically places that content in the same relative position.

Moving Content to Artboards with the Layers Panel

Want to see this in action? Check out the quick video above to see this lesson at work!

A Bit More Detail

Want to learn more about Adobe Photoshop's vast tools and settings? Check out these tutorials below:

60 Seconds?!

This is part of a series of quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+ in which we introduce a range of subjects, all in 60 seconds—just enough to whet your appetite. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this video and what else you'd like to see explained in 60 seconds!

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