Is there a way to rotate the entire pasteboard? - Adobe illustrator

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Is there a way to rotate the entire pasteboard?

  1. Default Is there a way to rotate the entire pasteboard?

    I design packaging and have often found myself wishing there was a way to rotate the entire viewfinder...
    It would be much more convenient for me to be able to rotate my view to work on the 90 rotated side panel of a box rather than unlocking everything, potentially breaking guides, expanding effects, etc... If it's not built into illustrator, is there a plugin out there?

    Thanks!

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    You can rotate the artboard in the Document setup but the art will not rotate.

    Art and the artboard are separate and you can not rotate both at the same time.

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    How about rigging your monitor up to a series of ropes and pulleys so you can easily rotate it left or right or upside down?

    But seriously, you might consider a workflow where you maintain separate files for flaps that you can work on with out getting a sore neck, then link-place them to the overall layout for the box and rotate them to whatever angle you desire. That way if the same edits are needed on more than one flap that involves the same flap-art, this will save some edit time too.

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    Rotate View (a la Acrobat) has been requested in the Feature Request Forum. Let's hope it's in CS3 :/

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    I'll cross my fingers but not hold my breath for it to be included in CS3... It seems to me to be a pretty obvious funtionality to be included, but maybe not everyone agrees. I suppose there is some potential for it to be confusing with the x and y axes swapped or upside-down or whatever, but it would sure beat having to keep separate files which would be a bit of a burden working on some of the more complicated stuff we do here...

    Ropes and pulleys it is.

    Thanks all.

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    An additional technique you might try:

    1. Design (right-side-up) the flap that needs to be upside-down in the final layout.

    2. Select it all and drag it to the Symbols Palette.

    3. Now drag it off the artboard and leave it just beyond, on the pasteboard.

    4. Drag an instance of the Symbol into position on the artboard. Rotate it 180 degrees.

    Now, suppose you need to work further on the design of the upside-down flap:

    5. Modifiy the flap artwork you dragged off to the side of the artboard. When done, AltDrag it to the Symbols palette and drop it right onto the Symbol you already put there. The upside-down Symbol Instance on the artboard will update accordingly.

    6. When done with the design, go ahead and delete the right-side-up artwork that is on the pasteboard. It is still contained in the AI file; it's in the Symbol. If you ever need to "get it back", simply drag an Instance of the Symbol onto the document, leave it selected, and then choose Break Link To Symbol from the Symbol Palette's flyout menu.

    JET

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    Now we're talkin... I've been meaning to get to know symbols. That sounds like it will work perfectly.

    Thanks for the suggestion!

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    but don't use symbols within that panel symbol in CS2. That is broken in CS 2, but works fine in CS 1.

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