Layout

Sheets

Documents can have one or multiple sheets. You can specify the initial size of sheets in the New Document dialog when you are creating a new document.

Activate a Sheet

To activate (or select) a sheet, double-click on its name in the Sheets panel. If you are going to work with multiple sheets, it makes sense to name sheets appropriately in order to distinguish them in the list.

Another way to activate a sheet is to click on it with the Sheets tool Sheets tool.

Objects and Sheets

Each sheet has own coordinate system. The rulers align their zero points with the top left corner of the currently active sheet. Consequently, the object coordinates are calculated in relation to the active sheet.

Each object is associated with some sheet. There is no strong linking between sheets and objects. Once an object was added on top of a sheet, the object becomes associated with this sheet. Then, any time you select that object, the respective sheet becomes activated.

Later, it will be explained how to rearrange sheets on the canvas. When you change the location of a sheet, objects can either move along with it, or they can keep their global position. In the first case, all objects that are placed over the sheet completely or partially will move no matter which sheet they belong to. After that, all objects that were relocated together with the sheet will belong to this sheet.

If you choose to move objects together with a sheet, make sure that the whole your artwork is either moves or stays. Otherwise you can break the design apart.

The Move artwork with sheet check box controls the possibility to move objects when you relocate a sheet. It is available in the Control panel when the Sheets tool is activated.

Manage Sheets using the Sheets Panel

To open the Sheets panel choose Window > Sheets command from the main menu.

Sheets panel, list of sheets

The Sheets panel lists sheets present in the current document. If there are multiple sheets in the document, give them meaningful names to easily differ one sheet from another. In order to rename a sheet, you should select this sheet by clicking on its name in the list. Then click again to enter the editing mode and type a new name.

The panel lets you add and delete sheets using Sheets panel, Add Sheet button and Sheets panel, the Delete Sheet button buttons correspondingly. See the Add and Delete Sheets subsection for more details.

A sheet can be made invisible by clicking on a check box near the sheet's name.

To define how sheets should be arranged on the canvas, click on the Sheets panel, the Arrange Sheets button button. The Move and Arrange Sheets section has more details on this topic.

Sheet Properties

Properties of each sheet can be accessed by clicking on the corresponding Button that opens the properties of the current sheet icon. The Properties pop-up lets you set up the size, orientation, and position of the sheet.

Properties of the current sheet in a pop-up panel

You can choose a pre-defined size of the sheet by selecting a combination of Type and Preset. You can also input the width and height directly into the W and H fields.

The Orientation buttons simply swap the current width and height.

Each sheet can be positioned on the canvas by inputting the X and Y coordinates. Notice that these fields always operate with the global coordinates.

You can also change the origin point using the 9-point Anchor control. It defines which of the nine points should appear at the coordinate set by X and Y. For example, if you want to place the center of the sheet at the zero coordinate, click on the point in the center of the Anchor control.

Add and Delete Sheets

In order to add a new sheet, click the plus button at the bottom of the Sheets panel.

By default, a new sheet has the same size as one that was previously selected in the list. That is, if your document already has a big and small sheets, and you want to have one more small sheet, select the small one before clicking on the plus.

To delete a sheet, select it in the list and click on the trash icon.

You cannot delete the last sheet.

There is an alternative way to add and delete sheets. This can be done using the Sheets tool that is described further.

Move and Arrange Sheets

You can select how sheets should be arranged on the canvas by clicking on This button opens tools to arrange sheets in the Sheets panel. This button opens a pop-up panel.

Popup panel with tools to arrange sheets

The Layout options define how sheets should be arranged on the canvas.

The Reverse check box inverses the order of sheets when you add them.

The leftmost button in the Layout settings places sheets in fixed number of columns and variable number or rows. The Columns parameter defines how many columns there should be. Identically, you can set up the number of rows when the second Layout button is selected.

The Spacing field defines the distance between sheets vertically and horizontally.

To apply new setting, you should click the Rearrange button.

Sheets Tool

The Sheets tool lets you add, delete and relocate sheets. To activate this tool, click on its icon in the Tool Panel.

Sheets tool icon

Once the tool is activated, the Control panel displays the related controls. Later, we'll discuss the purpose of each of them.

The Control panel related to the Sheets tool

Select a Sheet

In order to delete, move or resize a sheet, you should select it.

To select a sheet, click on it with the Sheets tool.

A selected sheet displays a red frame with handles. The Sheets panel indicates the selected sheet in sync with the tool. You can use any of them to select another sheet.

Resize a Sheet

To resize a sheet, click on it with the Sheets tool. Then drag a side or corner handle.

To input exact width and height in pixels or other units, use the Properties pop-up in the Sheets panel.

Add a Sheet

There are two ways of adding new sheets using the tool in addition to the method given in the Add and Delete Sheets section.

To add a new sheet with predefined dimensions, click on the plus icon and then choose one of options from the Preset drop-down menu.

Control panel, tools to add sheets

You can apply a Preset and change the Orientation of a sheet any time later.

Another way to add a new sheet is to draw it. Activate the Sheets tool. Place the cursor over free space on the canvas. Press and hold the left mouse button to define the position of the first corner. Move the cursor to another point where the opposite corner should appear. Release the button.

In order to create a new sheet, you can also duplicate one of sheets in your document. To duplicate a sheet, Alt-drag it on the canvas with the Sheets tool. If you activate the Move artwork with sheet option in the Control panel, the program will duplicate all objects on the sheet as well. Otherwise, an empty sheet will be created.

Delete a Sheet

To delete a sheet, click on it with the Sheets tool. Then click on the trash icon.

Relocate a Sheet

To relocate a sheet, drag it with the mouse.

A more accurate way is to input new coordinates into the X and Y fields in the Control panel.

Control panel, tools to relocate sheets

The Move artwork with sheet option lets you move objects located on the sheet together with the sheet. Normally, this option should be activated.

Coordinate System

The rulers can show the coordinated of a sheet and objects on it in one of two modes: Global Rulers and Active Sheet Rulers. To select one of them, click on the measurement units button on the rulers in order to open the drop-down menu.

List of measurement units that can be opened by a button on rulers

Global Rulers: The coordinate system and, consequently, the rulers' zero are used for the whole document.

Active Sheet Rulers: The coordinate system and the rulers' zero are local for each sheet. As soon as you activate a new sheet in this mode, the rulers will align the zero coordinate with the sheet. By default, whichever sheet you activate, its upper left corner appears at zero.