Aligning & Distributing Objects in AI – #7
In this lesson we will introduce you to Illustrator’s Align & Distribute Commands, and teach you how to use them to line up and space objects precisely and evenly. First, we’ll explore the various options and commands available on the Align Panel. Then you will learn how to Align & Distribute objects to a Selection, to your Artboard, and to Key Objects. Finally, we will show you one way we can use these tools to easily Align buttons on a shirt.
|1||The Align Panel||1-9|
|2||Align to Selection||1-8|
|3||Align to Artboard||1-10|
|4||Align To Key Object||1-27|
MODULE 1 • The Align Panel
|1A||Before we begin the lesson, a few important notes:
Here are the keyboard shortcut abbreviations and differences:
This means press & hold the specified key, then press the letter, or vice versa.
|1B||In the script, I have also made a few notes about the variation in Mouse Commands- specifically the “Right Click” Command— depending on the type of Mouse that you have. If you have a:
If you have a one button mouse and a Mac, you might want to configure it to act like a two button mouse:
|2A||With our business out of the way, let’s begin this lesson by downloading the Illustrator file listed below this video named: 5 Buttons, Saving it to your desktop and Opening it in Adobe Illustrator.You can see that I have already drawn five typical 4-hole buttons on the page, and I’ve Grouped all the parts of each button together so they will act as one object.
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