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August 24 2011


Illustrator: How to average points for perfect alignment

I’ve only recently been using this Illustrator feature, but I’ve found it to be very useful for really precise drawing. In my case, when I draw fonts. I want to show you how to use the Illustrator “Average” feature to get perfect point alignment during drawing.

As you can see in the image above, I have two pieces of a lowercase “f” that I want to merge together with pathfinder. Below I have the two pieces lined up where I want them, and If I simply use pathfinder now and merge them, I will get more than one point on the bottom left curve, where the arrow is. I want to have a nice clean curve there, so I’m going to use the “Average” function.

As you can see here, in wireframe mode zoomed way in, the 2 points are not exactly lined up.

Step 1:

As pictured above, use the Direct Select Tool (white arrow) and select the 2 points you want to align.

Step 2:

Go to Object > Path > Average, and select “both,” then hit ok.

And that’s it. Now your points are in exactly the same x,y coordinates, so when you use pathfinder, the result is only a single point, not two.

Now I have my nice clean path outline to work with!

February 17 2011


Tips on Visual Alignment in Typography

Here’s a nice quick read on visual alignment and line consistency in typography.

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February 14 2011


Illustrator: Align to Key Object [HD Video Tutorial]

I’ve got a super-useful Illustrator tip today. How to align to a “key object.” This is my first HD video, so it’s best viewed in full screen mode. I hope this tip saves some people a little headache

Illustrator: Align to Key Object [HD] from Jay Hilgert on Vimeo.

December 29 2010


Illustrator 101: Perfect Path Alignment

Today I have a simple but important tip when drawing in Illustrator. Have you ever needed 2 points to be perfectly aligned but nudging simply won’t work? Well, you can align points, just like you can align objects. In this example I’m going to use some outlined text. Let’s get started.

Illustrator 101: Perfect Point Alignment

Ok, take a close look at the screenshot above. You’ll notice that the line I circled is not perfectly horizontal. You can tell by the steps in the path. Sometimes you can adjust your keyboard nudge increment in the preferences, select one of the points, and nudge it to where it needs to be. But another way to make a perfect alignment between 2 points is using the Align palette and the direct select tool, just like you would for 2 objects. Here’s how:

1. Open the “Align” palette and make sure you have “Align to Selection” checked.

Illustrator 101: Perfect Point Alignment

2. Using the Direct Select tool (White Arrow) select both of the points you want to align, the hit the “Vertical Align Center” button in the Align palette. Now both points will be perfectly aligned, thus, your path will be perfectly strait.

Illustrator 101: Perfect Point Alignment

This can come in pretty handy on those paths that you need to be perfect, like designing fonts or cutting out stickers for example. Hope some of you find it useful :)

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