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Fixing Alignment Issues

If you’ve used Adobe Illustrator recently, then you’ve probably run into the same issue that I have. I’m not sure when this feature was implemented, but it’s a frustrating one. The problem comes from wanting to perfectly align objects in Illustrator. You try to align two shapes in Illustrator, and they just won’t line up. No matter what you do, they will never line up. There are no options in Illustrator’s preferences section that will fix this issue, and even if you move something perfectly into place, it snaps out of alignment. Even if you turn off all of the “snap to” options under the View menu, it doesn’t fix the issue. This is a video that will show you how to fix this issue in Illustrator. Trust me, the solution is not where you’d expect it to be.

The Solution is Simple, But Obscure

What you need to do to fix the issue is to select both objects, and in the options bar at the top, you’ll see something that looks like a link, labeled “transform”. If you click this link, a control box will pop up, and you’ll see an option referring to aligning your objects on a pixel grid. If you uncheck that option, and then select any of the alignment setting in the Align Panel, your shapes will align perfectly from now on.

Alignment Issues

Have You Run Into Problems?

As far as fixing the issue, I found a solution, but I have to uncheck this every time I work. I am not fond of this feature. I would like to know if someone else has found a permanent solution to this problem. If you have, please feel free to post your solution in the comments section below. We all would like for our shapes to align properly, and not have any alignment issues.