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Nudge, Alignment, etc.

Apr 8, 2012 12:14 PM

Tags: #illustrator #objects #nudge

Ok, admittedly Photoshop is homebase for me.  However, I have been using Illustrator lately and am having trouble with something that seems quite simple.


When trying to move objects around with the arrow keys (pixel-by-pixel nudges in PS) they seem to move by much more than one "pixel" at a time.  For example:  If I have two diamond shaped objects, there are many times that it is IMPOSSIBLE to get a corner of one diamond and a corner of the other diamond to touch exactly at their tips.  They always are misaligned and have an apparent gap.


Specifically, I have an illustration of a leaf, with another illustration of the center vein of the leaf, but I cannot for the life of me figure out why I can't get the tip of the vein to match up exactly with the tip of the leaf (there is always a small gap between the two).


I thought Illustrator was supposed to be more accurate and practical for this kind of work, but I have none of these problems in Photoshop.



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    Apr 8, 2012 12:27 PM   in reply to danldurall



    View>Smart Guides are your friends; if you drag one by the Anchor Point, they will say anchor point when you are there, on top of the other.


    It may also have something to do with Align to Pixel Grid, if you have it turned on; you can see that in the Transform panel.


    Apart from that, you should have a look at Edit>Preferences>General>Keyboard Increment, which determines the nudging steps.

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    Apr 12, 2012 3:15 AM   in reply to danldurall



    What happens if you use Smart Guides? Does it work or jump away?


    I am afraid there is a host of snapping options.


    You may try to look into the Helpfile and search for Snap.


    Maybe someone with a newer version will give some suggestions.



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    Aug 20, 2012 8:04 PM   in reply to Jacob Bugge

    Can't really help, but I'm having this exact problem. I'm using CS 6, and I can't seem to find the "Align to Pixel Grid" option. Adjusting the nudge distance in preferences doesn't help either (I have it set to 0.0002, and its moving 1/16" when I nudge).

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    Aug 21, 2012 8:52 AM   in reply to ray.v

    Try the Transform panel. It's only on by default if you use one of the Web presets for your document setup but it can be on for individual objects even if you copy them to a new, clean document.

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