In Illustrator CC 2017, there is a limit of 100 artboards per file.

For a project I'm doing, I have several global swatches and symbols that I need on more artboards than that. (If the limit were 200 I would be okay.)

How can I work around this limitation?

Specifically, how can I share my global swatches and symbols between two files such that any changes to the symbol definitions or swatch definitions propagate to the other file?

Failing that, how can I manually propagate such changes without going to every symbol instance?

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    May I ask do you really need so many artboards? For example – if you have 180 objects... rather than having each one on its own artboard could you not instead have two groups of 90 objects, sharing 90 artboards? Then you could make one group visible, hide the other and export, then vice-versa for the other group. Apologies if I've misunderstood you somehow
    – BANG
    Jun 24 '17 at 6:39
  • @BANG that may indeed be the best workaround. Please post as answer; I'll certainly upvote. :)
    – Wildcard
    Jun 24 '17 at 7:30
  • Yeah sure, I can do that. I would have posted as an answer but I wasn't 100% sure I was fully following you, so I thought I'd clarify. Cheers
    – BANG
    Jun 25 '17 at 0:59
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    Good news, the new Illustrator update supports up to 1.000 artboards! Oct 19 '17 at 11:42

As far as I'm aware there is no way around this limit. A limit is a limit in this case... So let's just deal with it. This is thinking inside the box...

So for example if you have 176 objects, just make 88 artboards and put 2 objects on each artboard. The easiest way is likely just to have each set of 88 in their own group or layer.

Here (imagine) I have 88 artboards with 88 different icons:


And here I have 88 different (but every bit as lame) icons on the very same artboards:


Then when I want to export them I just do one group/layer at a time by toggling layer visibility:

176 icons on 88 artboards

This way we get 176 icons on 88 artboards in a single file.

  • Or you could have 1 artboard and export layers via script.
    – joojaa
    Jun 25 '17 at 8:41
  • @joojaa True but maybe that's not really suitable for presentation purposes or something in this case... As with most things there's more than one way to do this as well.
    – BANG
    Jun 25 '17 at 16:35
  • @joojaa That's why there are available slots here for multiple answers.
    – BANG
    Jun 25 '17 at 17:03
  • Yes i agree but i dont have illustrator at hand to make this answer until monday. I just wantee to extend the options at hand.
    – joojaa
    Jun 25 '17 at 21:46
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    Fortunately, the newer version with 1000 artboards per file alleviates this pain considerably.
    – Jon Coombs
    Mar 26 '18 at 22:07

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