Error: Can't move the objects. The requested transformation would make some objects fall completely off the drawing area.

New Here ,
Jan 20, 2017 Jan 20, 2017

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I just updated to illustrator 2017, and now I'm having problems.

1. Drew line illustration with pen tool. Select All. Hit upward arrow. Get error message that says: "Can't move the objects. The requested transformation would make some objects fall completely off the drawing area."

2. Select All.. zoom all the way out to check the whole gray area for stray anchor points. Nothing showing.

3. Forum says to Clear Guides. I check and Clear Guides is grayed out.

4. I check to make sure no anchor points are on the edge of the artboard, though I can't imagine that would cause an issue. I move all anchor points inward. Still get error.

5. Select All and try to paste on new artboard in new window. Still get same error.

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Adobe Community Professional , Jan 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017
Hmm, that's strange. Although you tested there ar no points on the edge of the document, can you try this?1) Go to Select > Object > Stray Points (Illustrator now selects every 'loose/stray' anchor point).2) Just hit Delete after that (to delete the open, loose points).Maybe that would be the problem?

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Jan 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017

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Hmm, that's strange. Although you tested there ar no points on the edge of the document, can you try this?

1) Go to Select > Object > Stray Points (Illustrator now selects every 'loose/stray' anchor point).

2) Just hit Delete after that (to delete the open, loose points).

Maybe that would be the problem?

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Mar 04, 2018 Mar 04, 2018

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This worked for me.

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Apr 27, 2018 Apr 27, 2018

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That worked for me... thank you!

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Jan 07, 2020 Jan 07, 2020

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Thank you

 

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Jan 25, 2020 Jan 25, 2020

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Thank you so much!

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New Here ,
Mar 01, 2020 Mar 01, 2020

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Thank you. I would never have figured this out on my own. Trying to get a proof out to a client and all of a sudden I couldn't move anything but laterally.  Thank you again!

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Apr 01, 2020 Apr 01, 2020

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It worked for me. Thanks you.

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Dec 03, 2020 Dec 03, 2020

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Worked for me! Thank you!

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Dec 03, 2020 Dec 03, 2020

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Worked for me as well. Thanks, Rob!

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New Here ,
Mar 23, 2021 Mar 23, 2021

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awsome dude, if stil not worked with this step try to clear guides, sometime guides are invisible

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Mar 24, 2021 Mar 24, 2021

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Thanks alot.

Wouldnt have never found the problem

 

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Jul 13, 2021 Jul 13, 2021

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This worked for me, thank you!

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Works in an instance, Kudos!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017

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writes,

If no brighter suggestions appear, you may try what is still untried on the list below, skip 5) in this case.

If things that should work simply refuse to (all possibilities exhausted (and carefully making sure you are performing (all) the needed things)), you may try the list below.

Sometimes, (certain) things may fail or stop working for no apparent reason. When the (other) possible reasons/cures fail to work, it may be some kind of (temporay or permanent) corruption, or even some inconvenient preference setting(s), which may be cured with something on the following list set up in an attempt to provide a catchall solution for otherwise unsolvable cases. It starts with a few easy and harmless suggestions 1) and 2) for milder cases, and goes on with two alternative ways 3) and 4) of resetting preferences to the defaults (easily but irreversibly and more laboriously but more thoroughly and also reversibly), then follows a list 5) of various other possibilities, and it ends with a full reinstallation 6). If no other suggestions work, or if no other suggestions appear, you may start on the list and decide how far to go and/or which may be relevant.

The following is a general list of things you may try when

A) The issue is not in a specific file,

B) You have a printer correctly installed, connected, and turned on if it is physical printer (you may use Adobe PDF/Acrobat Distiller as the default printer with no need to have a printer turned on, obviously you will need to specify when you actually need to print on paper), and

C) It is not caused by issues with opening a file from external media (see at the bottom).

You may have tried/done some of them already; 1) and 2) are the easy ones for temporary strangenesses, and 3) and 4) are specifically aimed at possibly corrupt/inconvenient preferences); 5) is a list in itself, and 6) is the last resort.

If possible/applicable, you should save current artwork first, of course.

1) Close down Illy and open again;

2) Restart the computer (you may do that up to at least 5 times);

3) Close down Illy and press Ctrl+Alt+Shift/Cmd+Option+Shift during startup (easy but irreversible);

4) Move the folder (follow the link with that name) with Illy closed (more tedious but also more thorough and reversible), for CS3 - CC you may find the folder here:

https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/kb/preference-file-location-illustrator.html

5) Look through and try out the relevant among the Other options (follow the link with that name, Item 7) is a list of usual suspects among other applications that may disturb and confuse Illy, Item 15) applies to CC, CS6, and maybe CS5);

Even more seriously (this may be serious because you may need to restore plugins and whatnot afterwards if you have customized things), you may:

6) A) Uninstall (ticking the box to delete the preferences if applicable), B) run the Cleaner Tool (if you have CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6/CC), and C) reinstall. You may try without step B), but sometimes it is needed, because otherwise things may linger.

To uninstall:

https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/search/index.cfm?loc=en_us&term=uninstall&cat=support&product=illustra...

Cleaner Tool:

http://www.adobe.com/support/contact/cscleanertool.html

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017

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writes4fun schrieb:

3. Forum says to Clear Guides. I check and Clear Guides is grayed out.

Are there guides? Did you create any guides?

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 14, 2018 Sep 14, 2018

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Check for Guides in Transparency Masks.

I was just experiencing the same issue with Clear Guides being greyed out but then discovered I had a Guide in a Transparency Mask layer on a different artboard. Deleted the guide and it solved the problem.

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Jun 11, 2020 Jun 11, 2020

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Well done! This was doing my head in.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017

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Zoom way out so you can see the drawing area and then Select All

In this example, the white area is a letter-size artboard. In the upper left of the drawing area, a small pen point got selected. If I am only looking at my document and not the drawing area, I will  get the same alert when I move my artwork.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017

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Instead of Select All, drag a marquee with the Selection tool and move the artwork and / or put it in a new document. Does that solve the problem?

When you drag the marquee, choose Cut and look in the Layers panel to see if anything remains. Save first.

If there are not too many objects, select them by using the selection icon in the Layers panel and see if you can find what you are looking for.

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New Here ,
Sep 29, 2017 Sep 29, 2017

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just release or clear guides!!!

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Sep 30, 2017 Sep 30, 2017

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moidgreat  schrieb

just release or clear guides!!!

You haven't even read the complete question?

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Dec 08, 2017 Dec 08, 2017

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This worked for me!

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Oct 18, 2020 Oct 18, 2020

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Thank you very much !!!

 

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New Here ,
Jan 16, 2018 Jan 16, 2018

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Try changing X and Y coordinate values using the transform panel instead. It worked for me.

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