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How to accurately space objects in Illustrator

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How to accurately space objects in Illustrator

Hello, there. And welcome to another installment of Creative Quick Tips. My name is Justin Seeley. And this week, we're going to be talking about spacing options inside of Adobe Illustrator. Now, exactly, what do I mean by that? Well, what I mean by that is, how much space you generate when you move objects around in Illustrator with your keyboard. By default, it's one pixel. But that's not really helpful in some cases. For instance, I do a lot of website design and website mockups and I like to sort of simulate the actual margins, padding, spacing and all that kind of stuff that I'm going to have when I create the actual working website some time down the road.

The issue I run into with that is the fact that if I have two objects like these two blocks right here lined up on top of each other. If I want 30 pixels of space in between them, I have to hit my mouse 30 times in order to get that amount of space in between them because the default is set at one pixel. Wouldn't it be nice if I could just hit one keystroke and it moves it 30 pixels or 15 pixels, or something like that. So let's take a look. First thing I'm going to do is, jump into my Preferences panel with Cmd or Ctrl+K. That's going to bring up your general preferences. And right here, keyboard increment is the first thing you're going to change.

So let's say that I want everything to be spaced out, 15 pixels apart. Easily done. Just type in 15, hit OK. Now I'm going to realign these and once the smart guy tells me that they are intersected just like that. I'm then just going to press the down arrow key on my keyboard one time. Boom, 15 pixels of space. Let's do the same thing here. I'm going to select both of them this time and I'm going to align them with this top header bar here. And let's say I wanted 30 pixels from the top. Well that's easy, just tap twice. Just like that. Let's say that the sidebar needs to match that.

So let's bring that down until it snaps into place. And then I also want to intersect it with the left hand edge, right there. And so now, I'm going to space that out, 15 pixels to the right. And if I wanted to give it even more, just tap it one more time, and there's 30 pixels, making it very easy for me to create consistent, well-spaced out elements inside of my web design mockups, or any type of mockup that I happen to be working on.

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  1. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome to the series
      48s
    2. How to send feedback
      57s
  2. 9m 1s
    1. How to create line shadows in Illustrator
      5m 30s
    2. Using custom keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop
      3m 31s
  3. 11m 50s
    1. How to create layers from Photoshop Layer Styles
      3m 14s
    2. How to turn Illustrator artwork into Shape Layers
      3m 15s
    3. How to combine vector shapes in Photoshop
      2m 49s
    4. How to use text wrapping in Illustrator
      2m 32s
  4. 15m 41s
    1. How to effectively rotate objects in Illustrator
      2m 39s
    2. How to create interlocking shapes in Illustrator
      3m 29s
    3. How to speed up Photoshop's performance
      3m 25s
    4. How to use tool shortcuts in Photoshop
      2m 52s
    5. How to use springloaded shortcuts in Photoshop
      3m 16s
  5. 9m 27s
    1. How to create a better Twitter avatar
      3m 59s
    2. How to embed videos in WordPress without a plugin
      1m 45s
    3. How to embed real tweets into any WordPress post
      2m 15s
    4. Create your own Photoshop shortcut cheat sheet
      1m 28s
  6. 17m 53s
    1. How to create better Facebook cover photos
      4m 31s
    2. How to use keyboard shortcuts in WordPress
      2m 47s
    3. How to add Apple touch icons to your website
      5m 27s
    4. How to use Font Awesome in design applications
      5m 8s
  7. 8m 50s
    1. How to create your own pixel grids
      4m 25s
    2. How to sample colors from anywhere
      2m 5s
    3. How to create diagonal guides in Illustrator
      2m 20s
  8. 13m 48s
    1. How to round individual corners on Illustrator shapes
      3m 21s
    2. How to use Camera Raw as a Smart Filter
      4m 8s
    3. How to use the Shape Builder Tool to recolor artwork
      3m 34s
    4. How to use "Align to Key Object" in Illustrator
      2m 45s
  9. 8m 26s
    1. Exploring the Kuler Panel in Illustrator CC
      1m 50s
    2. How to draw awesome shapes with the tilde key
      2m 12s
    3. How to reset your bounding box in Illustrator
      2m 6s
    4. How to change your artboard color in Illustrator
      2m 18s
  10. 23m 19s
    1. How to use Photoshop and Illustrator to write CSS
      4m 1s
    2. How to create scalable rounded rectangles in Illustrator
      4m 16s
    3. How to use the fill commands in Photoshop
      3m 52s
    4. How to accurately space objects in Illustrator
      2m 5s
    5. Ten WordPress plugins that you should know
      9m 5s
  11. 9m 41s
    1. Unlocking background layers in Photoshop
      1m 8s
    2. Using opacity shortcuts in Photoshop
      1m 50s
    3. Using Illustrator's Glyphs Panel for icon fonts
      3m 15s
    4. Creating flexible buttons in Illustrator
      3m 28s
  12. 6m 31s
    1. Locking artwork in Illustrator
      2m 5s
    2. Five free fonts for your next project
      2m 0s
    3. Improving the SEO of your Muse website
      2m 26s
  13. 17m 7s
    1. Fitting content into your InDesign frames
      2m 37s
    2. Setting up your own Autocorrect in InDesign
      2m 33s
    3. Drawing complex shapes in Illustrator
      3m 14s
    4. Using the snapshots feature in Photoshop
      4m 40s
    5. Creating awesome product shots with Placeit
      4m 3s
  14. 18m 10s
    1. How to find free stock photos online
      1m 55s
    2. Using the transform command in Illustrator
      4m 14s
    3. Five tools for wireframing & mockups
      7m 36s
    4. How to convert videos into GIFs using Photoshop
      4m 25s
  15. 16m 10s
    1. Using PNG Hat to export Photoshop assets
      4m 56s
    2. How to setup two-step authentication in WordPress
      3m 50s
    3. Analyzing the speed of your website
      2m 19s
    4. How to create beveled text in Illustrator
      5m 5s

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