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How to align an anchor point with an object?

Feb 15, 2013 9:42 AM

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I have a shape I made with the pen tool, and now I want to align one anchor point of the shape with the middle of a rectangle. How can I do this? It doesn't seem like I can do what I do for objects, which is select both objects, click the object I want to align to, and hit align. If I'm not describing this properly let me know and I can try to clarify.

 
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    Feb 15, 2013 10:07 AM   in reply to s.n.l.

    Turn on smart guides then click and drag the anchor resp the whole object to the center of the rectangle.

     
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    Feb 15, 2013 10:09 AM   in reply to s.n.l.

    Hmmnnn… While it's possible to align 2 or more individual points, or 2 or more individual objects, if you try to align points with objects you ruin one or the other.

     

    Best bet would be to turn on smart guides, and manually align your objects. Once your close with smart guides, zoom waaaay in and work in outline view. drag the point over the center of your object.

     

    Manual, but effective. hope it helps,

     

    Michael Riordan

    http://www.learnadobesoftware.com

     
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    Feb 15, 2013 10:53 AM   in reply to s.n.l.

    another way to do it...

     

    1. move your mouse over the Anchor you wish to align and notice the X coordinate (176)

    2. move your mouse over the Center of the rectangle and notice the X coordinate (321)

    alignPointToObject1.png

     

    3. Select your shape and go to Object->Transform->Move...

    4. On the Horizontal Position box, type 321-176

    5. hit OK

    alignPointToObject2.gif

     

    6. repeat to Align Vertically if necessary

     
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    Feb 15, 2013 5:16 PM   in reply to s.n.l.

    ...another way...

     

    1. grab the Rectangle Tool

    2. move your mouse on top of the Anchor you wish to align

    3. draw a rectangle wider than the shape, centered on the Anchor

         - click and drag to draw a rectangle (don't release yet),

         - then press Alt to make it centered on top of the anchor,

         - release the mouse, then the Alt key.

    alignPointToObject4.png

     

    4. select both your shape and the rectangle

    5. press Ctrl+G to group them

    6. select both, the newly created group and the rectangle

    7. align your shapes

    alignPointToObject5.gif

     

    8. ungroup and delete your temporary rectangle

     

    9. to align vertically, make your temp rectangle wider and taller than your shape.

     
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    Feb 16, 2013 10:53 AM   in reply to CarlosCanto

    I can imagine to cobble an Illustrator action together that would automatise it.

     

    But then scripting is more fun than acting or drawing … ;-)

     
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    Feb 16, 2013 11:38 AM   in reply to Kurt Gold

    Hi Kurt, scripting is definetely fun...but let's see your acting

     
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    Feb 16, 2013 12:31 PM   in reply to CarlosCanto

    My acting would consist of playing with the Convert to Rectangle effect, probably in conjunction with a graphic style.

     

    But as long as s.n.l. has no convincing reason to automatise the task, I'd rather recommend and rely on smart guides.

     
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