3 Replies Latest reply on Feb 5, 2013 1:25 PM by Mike Gondek2

    Snap to grid and keyboard increments

    nora Quinn

      Hi there,


      Cannot make snap to grid to work, tried the following and while trying I came across another issue. If align to pixel grid is unchecked when opening new documents then snap to grid does not work, but the smart guides don't work either. They appear only when the align to pixel grid is rechecked in the transform panel.

      Now no snap no smart guides either.


      Is there another option other than in preferences for the snap to grid to work or the smart guides to work?


      Also, I set my grid to lines every 10mm subdivisions every 1mm and my keyboard increments to 10mm so why then does my 10x10mm no stroke no fill square move 11mm with each keyboard stroke? Set this up so that the object would then snap to the grid, but it does not, whether or not the align to pixel grid is checked or unchecked either way it does not work.


      Latest lion latest illustartor update, in the wishful thinking that it would fix it, but still have the same problem.


      deleted the cache too still nothing.


      p.s I do not know what changed, but it used to work before



        • 1. Re: Snap to grid and keyboard increments
          Mike Gondek2 Ninja

          Getting similar results to you. Found subdivisions affects this.


          Subdivions 8 Moved from (0,0) with one cursor key down of 10 mm. Snap to grid only snapping on.

          Screen Shot 2013-02-05 at 12.25.02 PM.png

          Subdivisions 1

          Screen Shot 2013-02-05 at 12.25.17 PM.png


          Turned off snap to grid and stared working correctly.

          • 2. Re: Snap to grid and keyboard increments
            nora Quinn Newcomer

            Thanks Mike,


            I turned off snap to grid and the square moved correctly, yay. Thanks, the not snapping to the grid problem was the too small subdivision size of the grid which was set at 1 mm. I guess the 3px selection tolerance must be bigger or the snap to point tolerance of 5 px is bigger than the 1mm. If the grid lines are set to 10mm with 2 subdivions then snap to grid works again.


            Or in inch terms, I had 0.4 inch gridlines and 10 subdivions of that or 1/32 inch. Now it is set at 0.4 inch grid lines and 2 subdivions and snap it does.


            Sorry to bore, but I write it out again if In case I forget;


            Turn align to pixel grid off otherwise snap to grid does not work at all, either at the start of a new document or inside the transform panel. Once this is done;


            Smart guides only work if snap to grid is turned off, or you cannot have snap to grid + smart guides together (why the hell not?)


            Keyboard increments set to large say 10mm or 0.5" help alignment a lot, but if snap to grid is turned on they are off, like one increment + one more subdivision with each keyboard stroke, so instead of 10mm it is 11mm (when I had 10mm gridlines and 10 subdivisions)  or currently 10mm gridline + 1 subdivision= 15mm (I have 10mm gridlines and 2 subdisions or 5mm). If snap to grid is turned off they are exact.


            And last


            Snap to grid does not work despite the above if the grid is too small,  gridlines at 10mm and only 2 subdivions anything smaller and snap to grid does not work.

            • 3. Re: Snap to grid and keyboard increments
              Mike Gondek2 Ninja

              Glad to hear my reply was able to help you out.


              Thanks for your post, will be keeping a closer eye out on snap to grid and keyboard increments, as this is not functioning correctly (atleast in CS6, will have to test same in CS5).