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How to align to a key object?

Oct 5, 2009 5:08 PM

I want to align 100 to the lowest tick in my figure. I know I should be able to click on the tick again then illustrator should recoganize it as a key object but there's no change when I did so. If I chose "align to key object", it always takes "100" as the key object insead of the tick. Anybody can tell me what I did wrong or where I was missing? Thanks.

 

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    Oct 6, 2009 12:19 AM   in reply to Bluesky6686

    Just checking...

     

    Select both the tick and the 100. Click on the tick. Click Vertical Align Bottom in the Align Panel. That doesn't work?

     
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    Oct 6, 2009 5:30 AM   in reply to Bluesky6686

    Bluesky,

     

    Wht release to separate layers, instead of just release?

     
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    Oct 6, 2009 8:55 AM   in reply to Bluesky6686

    The technique I usually use is to manually place the top and bottom values where I want them, Shift -select all the values and use the Distribute Align buttons in the Options area of the Align panel.

     
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    Oct 6, 2009 9:08 AM   in reply to Bluesky6686

    I have t tell you sometimes the simplest most intuitive way is best and there is nothing wrong with eyeballing things sometimes.

     

    So for crying out loud select the numbers all of them use the up arrow keys till the 100 looks centered.

     

    Now you're done with it.

     

    Nothing wrong with using your visual judgment, although it has become a sin in these times.

     

    that's what i would do, when I was younger I use to put together hundreds of annual reports with thousands of charts and it was all done by hand

    and no one ever complained that the numbers did not align properly. they sometimes complained about and they could be very picky.

     

    I know but how do you align it in Illustrator. LOL!

     
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    Oct 6, 2009 9:46 AM   in reply to Bluesky6686

    Or, presuming the numbers have the right vertical mutual distribution, using the Centre Reference Point in the Transform palette,

     

    0) (Direct)Select the lowest tick and read the Y value unless you know it already; you may also move the whole diagram so the start ticks have nice values unless placed that way from the start which is always a good thing so you can verify what you are doing;

    1) (Direct)Select the 100 and read the Y value;

    2) Select the numbers and Object>Transform>Move them vertically as much as the difference between the Y values in 1) and 2); you can still see the latest Y value in the Transform palette so you only have to remember/write down one value; it is especially easy if the 1) value is nice.

     

    Correspondingly for the horizontal part.

     
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    Oct 6, 2009 9:48 AM   in reply to Jacob Bugge

    Your using the direct selection tool, use the solid black one instead (i never remember the name)

     
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    Oct 6, 2009 9:48 AM   in reply to Jacob Bugge

    Your using the direct selection tool, use the solid black one instead (i never remember the name)

     
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    Oct 6, 2009 11:06 AM   in reply to Bluesky6686

    Use the Object>Compound Path>Release to remove the designation or use Cut/Paste in Front to remove it from the compound path.

     
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    Oct 6, 2009 11:12 AM   in reply to Bluesky6686

    What Larry said.

     
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    Oct 7, 2009 1:05 AM   in reply to Bluesky6686

    For my part you are welcome, Bluesky.

     
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