When setting rulers to use Pixels as the unit, the ruler lines fall in increments of 72, or some multiple / factor thereof. This is great for working in points, but for the web, we're often more comfortable in units of 10 etc. Is there a way to ocver-ride the default behaviour?
Note: "changing zoom level" does not automatically fix this issue, as the base factor is still 72, not 10.
Ha-ha, Larry, what a ridiculous statement.
Do pixels map 1-to-1 to a unit of physical distance? No, it's true they do not.
But is counting distances in pixels an essential task in any web- or
screen-related design activity? Unquestionably. So "immaterial"? Most certainly
There are good use cases for leveraging rulers while in pixel units,
particularly for establishing guides at arbitrary locations. Assuredly, setting
up a grid will help. But it's just plain silly to force a user to figure out
which grid snap increment is closest to that 144 pixel mark to snap to 150px
instead of just showing increments of, say 10 pixels, or 50, or some other
Sure, if all you do are resolution-independent vector illustrations, then this
discussion is immaterial, and I hope you never even bother to set your rulers to
"pixels", as the entire procedure would be noncupatory.
But if you're doing web work, or pixel-sensitive icon work: in short, if you're
doing anything that benefits from "Pixel Preview" being on, then pixels, not any
distance-absolute unit of measurement are your prime concern.
Well that seems like a bit of an oversight, doesn't it?
Yep. Most certainly does. Illustrator is the only program in its league to still not provide proper user-defined drawing scales.
But is counting distances in pixels an essential task in any web- or screen-related design activity?
No. You are not counting off distance. You are merely counting off number of pixels, and a number of pixels does not correspond to a distance. The distance any number of pixels will span depends on the monitor on which it will be viewed. So Larry's comment is certainly not ridiculous. It just isn't really pertainent to your question.
What you want is a custom ruler capability that lets you specify ten minor tick marks for each major tick mark. That's a legitimate need regardless of unit of measure. All that's ridiculous is the fact that Illustrator still doesn't provide for it. (And that an object-based program like Illustrator pretends to use "pixels" as a unit of measure.)
This assessment I agree with it is a bit ridiculous.The general lack of user defined customization seems unduly restrictive
and kind of cheap on Adobe's part, No need to change anything just allow the user to change it.
Unfortunately the concept recently has been either or either instead of allowing the user to define which way.
That just doesn't make any sense to me. Why would Adobe leave out a ruler with ... let's say .. this is One pixel this is Two & so on. ?? That way as we are creating we can split things in half much easier than 7.2 increments. I've been going NUTS trying to align things while trying to make a compass. The whole thing seems nuts to me.
Isn't Adobe aware that their users make web graphics?
Even though a Pixel is not a "Real" unit of measurement it does actually exist on the web & in regard to web graphics. right? Or am I wrong?
I understand that a pixel is rather arBITrary (<heehee) b/c it's device dependent. However being able to know rather I'm in the right city compared to the right continent makes a world of difference for me.
I guess I'll have to send in a request to Adobe. LOL sure they'll jump right on it.
Dang ... I am just so bummbed out to find out that there's no way to make the ruler land on even numbers rather than 36, 72 etc.
I mean ... 7.2 increments? Is there an emoticon for pulling hair out?
So, why don't those of us that would like to see a pixel ""ruler"" in Illustrator start a petition/thread & forward to our pals at Adobe HQ?
Just an idea. Squeaky wheel gets the grease ... right?
Why would Adobe leave out...
I can give you a long list of basic things left out.
Squeaky wheel gets the grease ... right?
The wheels have been squeaking for almost three decades.
Even though a Pixel is not a "Real" unit of measurement...
If you are determined to waste your breath in the feature request black hole; don't muck it up by couching it in terms of such limited scope. It's a simple, glaring, no-brainer omission: Illustrator needs user-defined ruler scales, like any decent illustration program has. That need applies to everything, (least of all web graphics). It is such an assumed feature (in everything except Illustrator), it needs no further explanation.
Just like live geometric primitives, dimensioning, callouts, a proper cutting tool...
Hey there JET...
Yes, I agree with you.
I wasn't actually calling a pixel an unreal measurement ... I was more reffering to it having been called as such by others to whom I have spoken with ... due to its device dependent thingy ...
I certainly wouldn't take time out of my day to contact Adobe about this particular request and then abate the suggestion/request in a particular style that could possibly be construed as not being viable.
Certainly with all the misses and near misses regarding user tools and such this specific one is HUGE ... imho and also in mho it merrits tossing yet an other echo into that void you speak of
I can be relentless ... I'll drive 'em nuts till they see my (our) way ... lol ... heee heeee
Feel free to lmk if you'de like to start a petition w/me
I was certain I'd been able to change ruler units in the past. Yet I found no such command. HOWEVER if you depress the CTRL key and click in the blank corner where your x and y rulers meet, you will behold a contextual menu which allows you to choose between inches (meh), points, pixels, centimeters, cubits, et cetera!!!!!!!! HOORAY!!!