Effortlessly Duplicate Artboards in a Grid with This Handy Illustrator Script


As an Illustrator user, you’ve likely encountered situations where you need to create variations or replace artwork after designing a layout, such as for banners or flyers. The typical workflow involves using the Artboard Tool (Shift + O) and alt+dragging to duplicate the desired artboard.

This scenario is surprisingly common, and while it’s manageable for smaller banners, duplicating larger artboards with numerous objects, such as landing pages or flyers, can be cumbersome and time-consuming. Moreover, precisely setting the spacing between artboards, like maintaining a 300px gap, is challenging when dragging.

Introducing a convenient script that simplifies this process:

Key Features:

  • Duplicate artboards in a grid layout with ease
  • Specify the number of rows and columns, as well as the spacing between artboards
  • Duplicate objects along with the artboards
  • Automatically assign a prefix and sequential numbering to the duplicated artboards
  • Choose the duplication direction (left-right or top-bottom) and numbering priority (horizontal or vertical)

Advanced Usage:

While InDesign is the go-to for longer documents, Illustrator is often used for lighter, multi-page projects in the world of desktop publishing (DTP). However, Illustrator lacks a spread setup, requiring manual creation of facing pages using artboards.

With this script, you can generate facing page artboards in a single click. As demonstrated in the tutorial video, setting the number of columns to 2 and the horizontal spacing to 0 instantly creates a spread layout (with customizable row settings). Additionally, the script’s direction and priority settings allow for the creation of right-bound spread setups with ease.

Personal Takeaway:

While the script offers numerous benefits, the most significant advantage is eliminating the need to switch tools and manually drag artboards. Reducing the hassle of repetitive, small tasks is crucial for both mental and physical well-being, and this script effectively alleviates that stress.


The script is available for purchase on BOOTH. Click the link below to get your copy.






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