I searched all over but can't find a solution - maybe I'm just not grasping the concept of an artboard quite yet. Here's the issue: I can't paste into a specific artboard that is not on top (not the first in the list of artboards). I have tried selecting the artboard in the Artboards panel, Paste in Place, Paste in Front, Paste in Back. Even Paste on All Artboards puts two copies of the object on the same artboard.

This is getting a bit frustrating which is why I'm taking to StackExchange. Any help/suggestions/corrections/tips would be appreciated.

Note: I'm still relatively new to Illustrator.

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Your artboards are like a canvas , whatever you paste in the bounds of it will show up on it (works just like slices). If artboards overlap then your work will be on both arboards. You can, on the other hand, paste something into a specific layer by selecting the layer first.

  • Thanks, I think I get it now. It was just a bit confusing to me that selecting an object would change the artboard... is it possible to change this behaviour? Commented Feb 22, 2014 at 17:13
  • Change it to what really? The artboard you are working on will be highlighted. The only impart this has is that the rulers change. You can fix that by using the global rulers.
    – KMSTR
    Commented Feb 24, 2014 at 6:49
  • Well through my use of artboards so far it's seemed inefficient to have to change the artboard every time I want to say align an object to a specific artboard - as clicking the object always switches the artboard to the one on top. Commented Feb 24, 2014 at 15:52
  • Unless I am misunderstanding you; the align to artboard only works for the current artboard it is on.
    – KMSTR
    Commented Feb 24, 2014 at 18:03
  • See, that's where I'm getting confused - you said in your answer that the object is on both artboards, and now you're saying "the artboard it is on". Not to say you're inconsistent, just that this is my point of confusion. Commented Feb 24, 2014 at 22:07

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