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In previous versions of Illustrator, once I selected a different artboard and hit Paste in Place it would paste it into an identical X/Y location of that artboard. Now, it pastes it back to the artboard from which it was originally copied. I don't know why the team would choose to reduce the software like this. If I wanted to paste in place on the original artboard, I would have just selected the original artboard. What are my workaround options? I mass produce various versions of the same artwork for marketing purposes and this is a huge step back for my workflow.
Which Illustrator version do you use?
I use 26.0.1 and it works as expected.
When I target another artboard it will paste in the correct position on that arboard.
I use 26.0.1 on a Macbook Pro. After experimenting just to figure out this problem, I now realize Paste in Place does not behave as normal if any part of any shape that's being copy/pasted extends outside of the initial artboard. This includes clipping masks where the clipped object is larger than the masking layer. It also includes instanced where multiple layers are being copy/pasted and only one of the previously mentioned conditions are met. It's still an inconvenience but now I know. I don't recall if I had this issue in prior releases.
Good to hear you found what is causing this behaviour (altthough I have to extend an object a lot outside the artboard to replicate the problem).
Any chance you are unintentionally copying guides as well?
Nope, no guides. It's when there is an object that stretches too far outside the artboard, but the quirk here is: even if it's the non-visible parts of a clipping mask.
I tried to reproduce the issue, but I couldn't.
For example, I create a grouped array of circles. The array is 2400 mm wide. I draw a pretty small rectangle just above the rightmost circle, select all and make a clipping group. I drag the visible part of the clipping group to the left edge of the artboard (160 × 160 mm), copy it, select any other artboard and paste in place. It works as expected.
What am I overlooking here? Can you perhaps share a sample Illustrator file?
Thanks for the sample file, Ton.
I still can not reproduce the issue. Both the red and the blue circle do paste in place fine. No matter what artboard I'm selecting.
That's what I do:
- Select Artboard 1
- Select the red circle, copy or cut it
- Select any of the other artboards
- Paste in Place
It works fine.
What happens if you do the same, Ton? Where is the red circle pasted in your Illustrator version?
I'm using AI 26.0.1 on Mac OS 12.0.1
Hi Kurt, this is what I get (or should I say this is what I got?).
This was the behaviour when I created the sample file, since then it randomly paste it on and off various artboards, but almost never in place.
AI 26.0.1 Mac OS 10.15.7
It seems to work fine on Windows, Ton.
I'm on Windoze (10.19043) with Illy 26.0.1 and get what Ton gets. Also what's going on with the transparency? Seems they all have the same setting but it changes when they are stacked or on a different background.
I did that transparency setting on purpose to detect when it is pasted on top of the original.
Ton, I'm pretty sure that the simple reason is that when you are selecting the red circle you are not selecting/activating Artboard 1 (that's required in this case). Instead another artboard is active and therefore if you copy and paste in place (or front) on different selected artboards you get the misbehaviour that actually is the normal and correct behaviour.
I would say Paste in Place still works fine. It has always worked this way.
Here's an example of a real world file I was working with (this election is over already so no worries on the content of the material).
The issue I believe n this case is the photo thats been clipping masked is outside the bounds of the artboard.
Ton, I'm pretty sure that the simple reason is that when you are selecting the red circle you are not selecting/activating Artboard 1.
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Ah I see what you mean. I'll keep an eye on this in the future and see if there's any inconsistencies.
Kurt, I refer you to my screenshots in above post, you see I am actually selecting the text "Select" on the other artboard I want to become activated before I hit ctrl-F... it doesn't paste in place.
Met1, your screenshots actually underline what I already told.
One has to be careful about the relationship between the active artboard and the object that is being copied (and then pasted in place).
Again, as you can see, the last item selected was the text "Select" (AFTER the circle had been copied) - it's highlighted, hence that artboard is active.
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the principle is pretty simple.
If you want to accurately copy and paste in place on different artboards:
- Select/activate an artboard
- Select the objects you are going to copy on that artboard and make sure that the artboard is still selected
- Copy the selection
- Select/activate a different artboard (target)
- Paste in Place (or Front)
This way worked and still works reliably in older and in the most recent versions of Illustrator.
I'm sure that you and any other Illustrator user can verify this principle.
That is EXACTLY what I'm doing.
Look at the screenshots i uploaded:
1. select item (note, when you select an item, the artboard associated with that item is activated, whether it is fully on the artboard, or partially on the artboard) -> copy.
2. select item on another artboard (the word "Select" in this case - I did this to show that the artboard is indeed activated - assuming you don't have two artboards overlapping, the active artboard must be the target for a paste in place)
3. Paste in place.
Indeed, the principle is pretty simple.
No, Met1, it's an operator error on your part.
Ton did the same error with his example (inadvertently, I guess).
I don't know what else I could explain to clarify it for you, Met1.
Let's see if other users will agree with you.
By the way, please be assured that I always take a very close look at screenshots in this forum.
Kurt is right, you need to select the part of the object that is inside the artboard and thereby select its artboard. Copy and click on another artboard and paste in place works.
I selected the artwork by clicking on a part that was outside the artboard and that means trouble.
Ton, that's the reason why I recently had to go to a boot camp to learn how to accurately select artboards in Illustrator.
Whenever I failed to select them I had to do 50 knee bends.
Still suffering from sore muscles.
Kurt, you certainly learned it the hard way.
Can you give a link to that boot camp so we can refer to it when needed?