Posted Sat Jun 9, 2007 8:35AM
I use illustrator 9 and I can't figure out how to align the top left corner of my artboard to 0px 0px. Right now I have a 400px x 400px document open and the top left corner of my artboard sits at x: 110px and y: 594 or something equally strange.
The placement seems to depend on the size of my document but there must be a way to line it up. When I try to line up objects I have to get out my calculator! Thanks!
Posted Sat Jun 9, 2007 8:53AM
Hi Dee-jay - if you get your rulers on, at the top left, you can click and drag to wherever you want your 0x and 0y, does this help or am I being a numbty?
Posted Sat Jun 9, 2007 9:20AM
Thanks Jill! But I'm still confused Click and drag the artboard? Or do you mean objects? Maybe I should just turn off the artboard and work with my own background square at 0x and 0y?
I'd like to be able to use my transform and align palettes more efficiently. On one image 0x and 0y is at the bottom left corner of my artboard and one another it's right off the artboard below and to the left.
Mostly I just work around this but I'm trying to do a seamless pattern and want things to be precise.
Posted Sat Jun 9, 2007 9:43AM
Maybe this will help:
Click and drag from that plain little square where the two rulers meet at the top-left of the window to where you want the XY origin to be placed, whether it's at the corner of your page, or elsewhere on the artboard.
You can also quickly change the units you're using from pixels, to inches or mm by right-clicking on the ruler.
Posted Sat Jun 9, 2007 10:05AM
Ohhhhh! THAT top left! Such a little thing but such heartache it caused.
THANK YOU! And thanks for the extra tip -- I did not know that either.
Posted Sat Jun 9, 2007 10:41AM
I don't remember if 9 does it, and this probably goes without saying... but double clicking that little box (kindly circled above) snaps zeros to edge of page. (Works that way in the entire suite.)
Posted Sat Jun 9, 2007 10:47AM
DM explained it excellently - much easier with a pic!
ALSO - a couple of quick tips for seamless patterns...
Posted Sat Jun 9, 2007 10:56AM
just when i start to feel guilty about spending time reading these forums instead of working, a shotgun tip like MissMaudie's EXCELLENT keyboard increment tip (in her linky link) fires off and makes it totally worth it. That is BRILLIANT!!! Can't wait to try it.
Makes me regret all the time cursing that box after reflexively trying to make caps. THANK YOU!
Posted Sat Jun 9, 2007 11:08AM
Aww! You made my day Nikki! I have to admit I have learnt a lot from these forums myself so it's great to be able to give back!
Though I do have to confess that I don't have a shot gun. *smile*
Posted Sat Jun 9, 2007 11:22AM
Wow! A lot of bang for my buck in this little thread!
Posted Sat Jun 9, 2007 11:33AM
Actually can I just add a thankyou to DM for the "You can also quickly change the units you're using from pixels, to inches or mm by right-clicking on the ruler." Because that is a new one for me and it's a WHOLE lot quicker and easier than the conventional route!
Posted Sat Jun 9, 2007 5:15PM
Glad to have been some help.
I'd forgotten about double-clicking that same square to automatically reset the origin to the top left corner of the document (thanks, Nikki!). I tend to work outward from the center of any given page, which is a handy habit for designing ads for publications with different trim, gutter and bleed dimensions.