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Alignment and Combining Objects in Adobe Illustrator

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Basix/ Comments: 0

Today we will be talking about objects alignment using the Align panel and combining them with the help of the Pathfinder panel and Shape Builder Tool. What you read here is the basic minimum that will allow you to work efficiently with these tools in Adobe Illustrator.

  Topic: Adobe Illustrator
  Difficulty: beginner
  Estimated completion time: 15 minutes

Alignment of vector objects

Align panel is designed to align objects in Adobe Illustrator (Window > Align).

The same alignment options are available in the Control panel as long as multiple objects are selected.

The top row of buttons in the Align panel is designed for absolute alignment of objects. The icons on the buttons clearly tell us what kind of alignment will be achieved. The picture below shows the align bottom of objects. In fact, the alignment occurs along the bottom of the bounding box of the lowest object.

Middle row of buttons is designed for the distribution of objects in several directions. I will not go in details on these features, because in all years of my practice I have never used them. In practice you often need to arrange the objects so that the distance between them was of the same given amount. The lower part of Align panel is designed for these purposes. Let’s see how to implement such a distribution. Let’s suppose that we have several similar objects aligned vertically, but at different distances one from another.

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