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Align to Artboard

Aug 4, 2012 1:39 PM

Tags: #illustrator #cs5 #adobe #mac #objects

I complete my drawing, now I want to align the entire drawing to the artboard. Great! How do I do that without messing up all my layers? If I group the objects to align them to the artboard, then they move to one layer, and do not move back to their original layers when ungrouped. I don't want that.

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    Aug 4, 2012 2:00 PM   in reply to kcfi

    Resize the artboard so that it matches the size of the artwork. Then resize it from the center outward.

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    Aug 4, 2012 2:28 PM   in reply to kcfi

    I don't know if there is a standard procedure. Normally I have to align my graphics manually anyway, because the calculated center often is not the optical center. And of course most of my stuff goes into InDesign - no need to center it on the artboard. Nobody will ever see it.

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    Aug 4, 2012 3:01 PM   in reply to kcfi



    Why not just Ctrl/Cmd+A to select everything?


    If you have specific objects to go together, instead of grouping you may select them and Select>Save Selection so that you can work on them individually and then at any time Select>[Your chosen name of selection] to select them together without moving them from their layers.

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    Aug 4, 2012 3:29 PM   in reply to Jacob Bugge

    Draw a rectangle on a new layer. Align everything to that rectangle.

    Select the rectangle and choose Object > Artboards > Convert to Artboards.

    Delete any other artboards.

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