The "split into grid" dialog box doesn't really allow you to work intuitively. One reason is that the Total (size) fields update the associated grid AS YOU TYPE, which makes for a very confusing experience. The best way for the Total field to behave would be (1) to update the associated grid only when it loses focus, and (2) to increase or decrease to reflect the total size ENTERED, rather than forcing the other numeric values to FIT into the original size of the rectangle you started with.
To work around this, you can enter the rows or columns, and then enter the gutter size, and then USE THE UP/DOWN ARROWS to adjust the Total size field(s) until the Column Height or Row Width field gets to the value you want. This is an odd way to work, but it prevents the Total field(s) from setting the other fields to unwanted values.
Using CS5 on Windows 7.
Changing values doesn't update as I type in the way it was demonstrated in the video. Like any other input filed in Illustrator it changes when I move the focus to another field. This must be a bug on the system or/and version used in the video.
Holding the mouse on the the arrows does not give real time feedback of the change but only after releasing the mouse so it requires multiple clicks. On the other hand, holding the up or down arrow keys on the keyboard when the cursor is in the input field, works nicely by giving real time feedback.
Good point. I made the videos using CS6, which has had all its dialog boxes rewritten. I suspect that we may run into a few other little changes that happened when Adobe updated to their latest user interface platform. I should have mentioned CS6 in my original comment (it is mentioned in the video tags).
The keyboard arrow keys in CS6 work as they always have, so they seem to be an identical alternative to using the little UP/DOWN arrows in the panel.
Andy Anderson has a tutorial video on using the Scissors and Knife tools in Illustrator CS6, for anyone who may want a little more practice after reading the original Help topic. He also shows how to use Join to put some of the pieces back together:
Illustrator is evil. Vectors in Fireworks are much easier to use and the results are much better. The feather tool in Illustrator is a joke and the many windows/panels I have to go thru to make changes make want to throw things at the screen. Make it usable... this is a nightmare.
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