Layers are accessible through the Layers panel (WINDOW > LAYERS). To select a layer click on the dot in the right end of the layer description. (Figure 1.1)
Each border file in our collections contains the following layers:
1. A “guides” layer: The guiding lines used for the border tile's geometry and for determining lengths that are multiple to the tile width. (Figure 1.2)
2. A layer with the border's name: The editable structure of the border tile (separate layers are provided for the colored and the contoured border version) (Figure 1.3, Figure 1.4). Inside is a clip group containing the structural parts of the border as follows:
For more info about how a clipping mask works, see this tutorial.
3. A "colored line" layer containing a line with the colored brush version applied. (Figure 1.5)
4. A "contoured line" layer containing a line with the contoured brush version applied. (Figure 1.6)
Note: The length of these two lines is multiple of the border tile width, so as to ensure that the border geometry is kept accurate. Otherwise the border brush geometry in Illustrator will be stretched or shrinked a bit in order to cover the whole line length.
The ready-to-use pattern brushes (Figure 2.1) are accessible through the Brushes panel (WINDOW > BRUSHES).
Each border in our collections typically comes with 2 pattern brushes: a contour version and a colored one.
The borders come with global color swatches (WINDOW > SWATCHES) (Figure 2.2). Changing them in the color palette will change them throughout the file (and in the already existing pattern brushes).
The artboards in Illustrator are accessible through WINDOW > ARTBOARDS.
Each Illustrator file in our border brushes collections comes with artboards for each brush tile (in colored and contoured versions), as well as for each line with the brush applied. (Figure 1.7)
The artboard defines the boundary of your work when printing or exporting it. So fitting the artboard to your artwork is essential. To do that:
Your artboard now matches the boundaries of the art you selected. Your artwork will be printed or exported with no cropping or excess area around it.
Note: When using the FIT TO SELECTED ART command on the artboards with pattern brushes applied to a line, some excess area may still remain on the left and right end of your artwork (due to the clipping mask applied). Zoom in and adjust it manually by clicking on the Artboard tool and dragging the artboard sides to the guides.