Use Artboard Tool in Adobe Illustrator CS6

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    To begin, open Illustrator either from the desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner of the screen and clicking the Windows icon. Clicking the Windows icon will reveal a list of your recently used programs. You may find Illustrator on the list. It has a brown-and-orange icon with the letters "Ai".
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    If you still can't see Illustrator, use your search bar along the bottom and type "Adobe Illustrator".
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    Click "Adobe Illustrator CS6". It will immediately start loading and take you directly to the workspace.
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    Once the program is open, click "File". It is in the top-left corner of the screen.
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    Click "New" to create a new document. Alternatively, press "Ctrl" + "N" on the keyboard. You can also open an existing document from the menu. For more information, refer to our tutorials on how to create a new document and how to open documents.
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    For this tutorial, let's click "OK".
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    Click the fill color.
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    Click a color.
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    Click "OK".
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    You can quickly draw a shape by clicking "Rectangle Tool". For more information, refer to our tutorials on how to create basic shapes and how to get perfect shapes.
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    Once you have a shape, click "Artboard Tool" in the vertical toolbar. The icon looks similar to a grid and is near the bottom-left corner of the vertical toolbar. The artboard is the document area including objects and empty spaces. The edge of your canvas will now appear as a dotted line with crosspoints in the corners.
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    You can click the corners or sides to expand or shrink (crop) the artboard. It works in the same way that you would make a rectangle larger or smaller. The dotted line shows you the edge of your new artboard, and you can change the size of it by clicking and dragging the corners. Note that pressing and holding the "Shift" key on your keyboard while resizing keeps the proportions of your canvas. A green line may appear when you come to the edge of your object. The green line is the way of guessing where you want the edge of your document to be. Sometimes, Illustrator does not judge well and may cut off parts of your object. It's recommended to leave some space around the edge of your object so you don't accidentally cut it, especially if you will be printing the document.
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    Release the mouse button to apply the changes to your artboard. This is an easy way to change the size of your canvas. This is another way of resizing the canvas without entering the data in the new document window. You can continue editing.
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    If you need to correct a mistake, press the shortcut "Ctrl" + "Z" on the keyboard.
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