I am taking the plunge and going to learn Illustrator by focusing on some of the fundamental elements I've heard about or seen here and there in tutorials but never fully grasped.
First up is Artboards. From my understanding:
Illustrator workspace is composed of a canvas that contains one or more artboards.
Artboards are placed on the canvas starting from a point called the Global ruler origin. In addition every artboard has its own origin point and rulers as well.
Artboards are like putting paper on a desk.
So let me get this straight. When you create a new Document, the result is actually not so much a "document" but a Workspace with a big gray Canvas. The tools on the sidebar and such are part of the workspace, just like the canvas is part of the workspace. Hmm... There is no "document" anymore, that was the wrong concept I guess.
But wait, there's more! On this canvas we actually created the Default Artboard. The white area where you actually can place your artwork.
So that's as much as I understand so far. When you create a new document, you're actually "entering a new Workspace", and given an Artboard laid on top of the Workspace Canvas. And you are to place your art on the Artboard.
What I don't understand though is where to go from here. Why should I create more than one Artboard? Why don't I just create 1 very largely-dimensioned Artboard to contain all my disparate content? Or, if I'm feeling like having my Ads on one Artboard and my Webpages on another, why not just altogether skip Artboards and just have different Layers. Why couldn't/shouldn't you just do that?
Basically, why create multiple Artboards? What should I be doing to Artboards to take full advantage of them? How should I learn to organize my Artboards to start with some good best practices.
Right now I am looking at making a font, and am wondering if each letter should be on its own Artboard, or it's own Layer, or multiple letters share a single Layer, etc.. But I'll save the Layer questions for later.