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Design, Print, and Build Your Portfolio

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How to Set Up Your Artboard

Bonnie Christine

Design, Print, and Build Your Portfolio

Bonnie Christine

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7. How to Set Up Your Artboard

Lesson Info

How to Set Up Your Artboard

So in the segment we get to dive into they'll be illustrator, which is where I for my work always get teo have fun and and start designing so I'm going to show you how I designed the pages of my portfolio also introduced to you some of the templates that I have included in the course downloads for you um and talk about how you can customize those for your own page width and in your portfolio so we're going to be designing not an entire portfolio but six to eight pages today just to give you an idea chosen the most complex one so if you can follow along with these you should be able tio do anything you want an illustrator so I'm gonna go ahead and open up illustrator I am working in c s six today and I'm gonna hop over to find her and open a couple of the templates that I had that come with the purchase of this course so there is a template for pages and a template for double sided pages I'm gonna start with the template for just a regular page this would be for one sided pages for your...

portfolio that you are going to print, I'll show you in a little while how to save these if you want to publish digitally to the web two so I'm I'm going to go over a little bit uh page of a little bit of math, so grab a pencil and a piece of paper so that you can jot this down. This template is set to my the width and height of my pages for my portfolio, but you can customize those for your own. So my pages measure thirteen inches by nine and a half inches. It's, um, and just a quick note on why I did that is definitely, I think eight and a half by eleven would be easiest to print it's the most standard, but I I think that for a lot of applications, it's going to be too small for you to really be able to showcase your work so something a little larger you can see here that this is the size that it into that being and it's thirteen by nine and a half so bad you have to include margin with your with your pages, which is what I've built into this illustrator documents. So I have an inch one point seven five inch margin on each of these, which gives me a printable area of eleven point two, five by nine and a half. I want to make sure that you know that another course download is an e book that I've written on, how to build your portfolio, and I've outlined all of these equations and math for you with places for you to put in your own measurements as well so if you get lost you can find it right there okay, so we'll discuss a little bit more about all all of these wits as we go but I'm going to get started with mine here today so this is what the temple it looks like I'm gonna zoom out so you can see it I have included nine pages you can of course make it less or more than that to if you want so in order to to start using this I'm going to delete the note that I've written here and I just wanna ungroomed everything so I'm going to select it all by hitting command a on my keyboard and under object select on group that's going to give me all of these bits more ungroomed tw and since this's just for your reference but I'm going to go ahead and deleted off this so that we can start working. So the easiest way to do this is that it is this text is in black so I want to select everything that's in black on my document and just delete it so I'm going to select one come up to object I'll see sorry come up to select same phil color that's going to select everything on my art board that's black and I can just hit the delete key to get rid of that so the margin is where we're not going to be putting anything over here in the margin it's just gonna be white space in order for your book to be able to fold eso we're going to be designing in this gray space right here. Another document that I want to open that I have already made are my branding elements, so I'm gonna zoom out, too, so you can see what this is. This is a document that I made in preparation for my portfolio, I suggest you do the same. These are my, uh, the patterns that I want to include in this portfolio, some text I've written that we'll get into, but this is the key art board, it has the fonts that I'm using my brand colors, my logo's and a couple of accents that I want to place around if you want to learn how to design these elements, all of the patterns and the illustrations and everything like that is what I cover in my first course design surface patterns from scratch that course will take you from opening up adobe illustrator all the way through designing all of these bits so that not what we're going to focus on today, but if this is what you want to learn, how to do to make sure the reference that course

Class Description

No matter how beautiful your work is, it won’t sell if it’s not presented in a polished, professional way. In Design, Print, and Build Your Own Portfolio, Bonnie Christine will take you through the complete portfolio design process, so you’ll feel confident about showing your work.

Bonnie Christine is a surface pattern designer and mother hen of the Roost Tribe, an inspirational community for creatives. 

In this class she’ll teach you how to:

  • Design your portfolio and develop your pages
  • Print, build, and bind your portfolio
  • Stand out from the crowd and contact companies
Designers, photographers, and artists will all learn about what belongs in a portfolio and what to leave out. Bonnie will help you design a portfolio that reflects your true style and helps you attract the kind of clients you really want to work with.

If you’ve been putting off putting together your portfolio, this class will help you get motivated to assemble a portfolio that showcases your work and demonstrates exactly how talented you really are.



Bonnie, I want to give a super big Thank You! You have helped change my life. I was recently laid off from my full time job. Due to your courses, I have dedicated my time to continue designing. You have helped my heart come out on the pages. Thank you sooooo much! :) thankful & very happy, Dawn Stratchko


I thought this class was engaging and informative. Bonnie Christine has such a natural way of presenting the information and never seems to lose her concentration. I really wanted to learn more about how to put together a professional but handmade portfolio and that is what you get. Thanks for the great class!

a Creativelive Student

Absolutely loved this course! I learned so much and feel confident now on how to present my company in a consistent and professional way.