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Spen Taylor
Spen Taylor
13,027 Points

Illustrator - Edge snapping

I've struggled to find an answer for this for ages and wondered if anybody here has noticed the same issue and could shed some light on it :

In Illustrator, when trying to snap an element to the edge of an art-board or the canvas, even with snap to grid "on", it does not accurately work (like it should with grid snapping) and instead allows the element to be snapped to, for example, 0.038px or some other random value.

IS there some reason for this that I'm missing?

It's not a huge issue as i usually snap to the grid line and then just shift it over, just bugs me!

Thanks guys, Spen

5 Answers

Mat Helme
STAFF
Mat Helme
Treehouse Guest Teacher

Hey Spen Taylor ,

Unfortunately everything in Illustrator isn't perfect especially when it comes to snapping to specific locations. However you can use two different techniques to align your objects to the edge of your Artboard.

• The first is by using your Align panel (Window>Align). Select your objects or objects and align them vertically or horizontally to the edge of the Artboard.

• The second option is by setting the exact X and Y coordinates of the object in the Transform panel (Window>Transform).

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have anymore questions.

Spen Taylor
Spen Taylor
13,027 Points

Hi Mat, Much thanks for the reply I'll have a play with the align panel - sounds useful!

Just seems odd that the grid doesn't work right along the art board edge, surely a lot of people would have problems with this! - very strange!

Mat Helme
STAFF
Mat Helme
Treehouse Guest Teacher

If you want a quick breakdown of the align tool in Illustrator I put together a Quick Tip a while back.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQY5EOAAXhk

Also, Illustrator Foundations is coming soon, so stay tuned!

-Mat

Spen Taylor
Spen Taylor
13,027 Points

Certainly looking forward to it! Everything I know about Illustrator has been self taught, I'm sure I've got some terrible habits to iron out!

Thanks again for bits of advice Mat :)

Drew Schott
Drew Schott
8,484 Points

I still find this to be an issue is Illustrator.