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Cannot disable snapping to artboard edges

Aug 2, 2012 5:43 AM

Tags: #illustrator #bug #snapping #artboard

I'm creating SVG icons, and due to the removal of SVG as an output format for Save for Web, I've switched to having a series of 16x16 artboards for my icons. Problem is, no matter what snapping features I disable, my artwork still snaps to the artboard edges when I move it around (regardless if I use the mouse or the arrow keys). This makes it impossible to align artwork to such a small artboard, and it also seems like pixel snapping shuts off, causing mis-aligned artwork.


Failed solutions

  • View menu >> Snap to Pixel disabled
  • View menu >> Snap to Point disabled
  • View menu >> Smart guide disabled
  • Transform palette >> Align to Pixel Grid disabled



  • Set Keyboard increment to 0.5px, which will round up to 1px in Pixel Mode. Keyboard nudging now behaves as expected, but mouse behavior is still erratic.
  • Use the Free Transform tool. It behaves slighly less erratically than the Selection and Direct Selection tool.


Steps to reproduce

  • Create a new document, 16x16 px
  • Verify that you're in pixel mode
  • Create a 14x14 px square
  • Try and position it in the center of the artboard using the mouse or keyboard increments
  • Observe the artwork snapping to the edges of the documents, or bypassing snapping altogether


Hope this helps.

  • Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 2, 2012 5:59 AM   in reply to Teetow1

    Turn ON Smart Guides and all other snap settings to OFF.


    Yup.. it's a bit backwards. You have to have smart guides active in order to prevent snapping to artboard bounds.

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