What is the Adobe Illustrator equivalent of coreldraw add page frame function?

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Were can i find the Adobe Illustrator equivalent of coreldraw "add page frame" function? I just changed from Coreldraw to Illustrator and recently found myself faced with finding an answer to this question.

Continuing a series of articles based on the equivalent functions between Coreldraw and Adobe Illustrator as I come across them. Today I wanted to know how to "add page frame" in Adobe Illustrator, here's how:

I often used Coreldraw "add page frame" (by double clicking on the pasteboard and clicking the button) to allow me to fit a scaled down image on a page when I printed it and so I could see the page frame on the printed output.

It took a bit fiddling and to be honest I'm not sure everyone will like the results I found. It seams the best equivalent in Adobe Illustrator to right clicking the pasteboard and then clicking the "add page frame" button in Coreldraw is to simply draw in the page frame manually (with the retangle tool).

If you draw a rectangle from the top left of the artboard (that's Adobe Illustrators equivalent to the pasteboard) to the bottom right, it will automatically snap to the actual page frame.

It seamed a little 'organic' to me at first, I liked that in Coreldraw I have three simple steps which when complete would leave a page frame on my artwork. in Coreldraw I folowed these steps:

  1. Double click the page frame (or the page frames shadow)
  2. Click on "add page frame"
  3. Click on "ok"


At first I didn't like the feeling of having to drag the rectangle to make a page frame in Illustrator, but it's the same amount of steps:

  1. Click the rectangle tool
  2. Click to start adding the page frame in the top left of the artboard
  3. Click to finish the page frame at the lower right corner of the artboard


Illustrator also has the slight advantage that when finished, the page frame is selected. In Coreldraw the user must still click it in order to edit it.

Really, it comes down to a matter of preference.

So which do you prefer?

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