CreativePro Tip of the Week: Creating Custom Views in Adobe Illustrator

This CreativePro Tip of the Week on creating custom views in Adobe Illustrator was sent to CreativeProse email subscribers on February 1, 2017. 

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When you work in Adobe Illustrator, do you often find yourself zooming and scrolling around your artboard(s) to get precise portions of your artwork into view? Well, you can stop doing that. All it takes is a few seconds to set up custom views that you can use to well, view, your artwork just the way you want. Here’s how.

Arrange your artwork exactly as you want to see it in view in the document window. Then choose View > New View.

In the dialog box, enter the name for your view and click OK.

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Repeat for any other views you want to save.Now to switch to a view, just choose it from the bottom of the View menu.


Note that this works with multiple artboards and viewing modes (like Outline).

Even better: you can instantly switch between your custom views by assigning keyboard shortcuts to them. To do that, choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts. Then in the dialog box, select Menu Commands from the pop-up menu, and choose View > Custom View 1 and type the shortcut you want to use to switch to that view. Repeat for your other custom views.



Posted on: February 6, 2017

Mike Rankin

Mike is the Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and He is also the author of several video training series, including Font Management Essential Training, InDesign FX, and InDesign CC: Interactive Document Fundamentals.

1 Comment on CreativePro Tip of the Week: Creating Custom Views in Adobe Illustrator

  1. Great tip! Who knew?

    But I dont see where the current view is shown in my workspace. As far as I can see, there isn’t a tick at the side, or any way to quickly know which of my saved views I am currently looking at.

    This may be self apparent for some of you working on GUIs, but my views are very arbitary and similar selections.

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