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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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Community Expert , 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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New Here ,
Mar 04, 2018 Mar 04, 2018

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This worked for me.

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New Here ,
Apr 27, 2018 Apr 27, 2018

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That worked for me... thank you!

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New Here ,
Jan 07, 2020 Jan 07, 2020

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Thank you

 

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Community Beginner ,
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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New Here ,
Apr 01, 2020 Apr 01, 2020

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It worked for me. Thanks you.

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New Here ,
Dec 03, 2020 Dec 03, 2020

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Worked for me! Thank you!

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New Here ,
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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New Here ,
Mar 24, 2021 Mar 24, 2021

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Thanks alot.

Wouldnt have never found the problem

 

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New Here ,
Jul 13, 2021 Jul 13, 2021

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This worked for me, thank you!

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New Here ,
Mar 28, 2022 Mar 28, 2022

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Works in an instance, Kudos!

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 22, 2022 Sep 22, 2022

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Thank you.

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New Here ,
Nov 21, 2022 Nov 21, 2022

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Thank you. It works

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New Here ,
Dec 16, 2022 Dec 16, 2022

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Thank you, Rob!!!  I could NOT figure this out and this little tip did the trick!

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New Here ,
Jan 18, 2023 Jan 18, 2023

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Genius! Thanks so much!!

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New Here ,
Mar 23, 2023 Mar 23, 2023

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that worked!

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New Here ,
Sep 11, 2023 Sep 11, 2023

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Thanks a lot . 

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New Here ,
Mar 26, 2024 Mar 26, 2024

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That worked! Thank you 🙂

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Explorer ,
Apr 19, 2024 Apr 19, 2024

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This does not solve the problem of why sometimes items cannot reside outside the pasteboard, because sometimes they can. It's a mystery that cannot be solved

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 19, 2024 Apr 19, 2024

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Hello @Darth Vader,

Sorry to hear about your experience. Would you mind sharing some more details, like the exact version of the OS/Illustrator, exact details of your workflow, and a screen recording of the problem (https://adobe.ly/49ONEl8), so we can investigate this further?

Looking forward to hearing from you.

 

Thanks,

Anubhav

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Explorer ,
Apr 22, 2024 Apr 22, 2024

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Here is a perfect example, on the right side, you can see that the artwork is happily residing outside of the pasteboard, but when I try to drag a copy outside of the paseboard on the left side, it fails & gives me the error message

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Explorer ,
Apr 22, 2024 Apr 22, 2024

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CC 27.4.1

OS X 14.4.1

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