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A story about noticing the existence of “Align to Artboard” in Adobe Illustrator CC.

Adobe Illustrator CC の「アートボードに整列」の存在に気づいた話

Hey everybody! It’s atom here!
This time, I’d like to talk about how I noticed the existence of “Align to Artboard” in Adobe Illustrator CC.

I have been using Adobe Illustrator for quite a long time because of my work, but even though I have been using it for a long time, there are still some features that I have not mastered, and on the other hand, because I have been using it for a long time, I am not aware of new features that have been added.

Just now, when I selected some objects and tried to distribute them equally spaced as usual, for some reason, the objects at both ends were spread out to the left and right, and the objects inside were equally spaced based on them.
That’s strange.
Normally, the objects on both ends should be equally spaced.

Align to artboard.

While keeping my cool, I took a closer look at the toolbox and noticed the “Align:” text and a small icon in the lower right corner.
Clicking on it, we see

  • Align to selection
  • .

  • Align to key object
  • .

  • Align to Artboard
  • .

I’m not sure if “Align to Artboard” is selected or not.

I wondered, “Was this ever there before?

I thought to myself, as I went through the process of manipulating and checking.

Surely, there is such a thing as “I want to place an object in the center of the artboard” or “I want to place an object at coordinates 0,0.

I was convinced.

Illustrator Alignment Art Align to board

Incidentally, when I wanted to center an object on the artboard, I used to cut the object with command+X, then use command+1 to center the artboard at 100% size, and then use command+V to paste.
If I wanted to place the object on the edge, I would specify 0,0 coordinates or use command+U to snap the anchor point of the object to the edge of the artboard.

Align to key object.

And by the way, here’s what I noticed. Align to key object.

In the past, when I wanted to align the edges of multiple objects or center them, I would select the target object and then click on the object I wanted to use as a reference to align it.
This is a very common function, but I didn’t know that “based on an object” could be used not only for alignment but also for distribution.
It’s been around for a while…? Or was it added recently?

Anyway, I tried it.

I see.

Even the spacing between objects can be set.

I see.

That might be useful when designing along a grid or when you want to place objects in a tiled pattern.

Illustrator Alignment Key Align to object

Align to Selection

This is the familiar alignment method.
I wonder if this is not the default.
I wonder why “Align to Artboard” was selected.

Align in Illustrator Align to Selection Align

Well, okay. Anyway, I guess I’m a little more proficient in Illustrator now.

So, what did you think of Adobe Illustrator CC’s “Align to Artboard” story?
If you didn’t know about it, please take a look!