Very Tiny Nudge?

Community Beginner ,
May 29, 2008 May 29, 2008

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I'm having difficulties with a precision drawing because I don't know how to do the smallest of nudges. Yes, all snap-to's are turned off.

Thanks,

David

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Community Expert ,
May 29, 2008 May 29, 2008

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Set the cursor key distance in preferences.

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Advocate ,
May 29, 2008 May 29, 2008

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Turning on snaps helps with precision too, and may be you can try with activating smart guides on the view menu.

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Community Expert ,
May 29, 2008 May 29, 2008

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>Turning on snaps helps with precision too...

Except when it doesn't, which is often. Illustrator's Smart Guides could be a great feature. Currently it's an OK half-feature.

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LEGEND ,
May 30, 2008 May 30, 2008

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I find Illustrator's snaps unreliable, unless zoomed in to 100% or more. Never had that problem in FreeHand.

Further, David is correct in turning snaps off. He's trying to achieve a minimal nudge. Snaps interfere with that. As Scott said, the nudge value is the Keyboard Increment setting in Preferences>General.

JET

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Engaged ,
Sep 16, 2010 Sep 16, 2010

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How long have I been struggling with nudging a tiny amount until I discovered your answer!!!  It so totally makes sense!

Anyway, is there a keyboard shortcut that you can double the amount of increments?  So if I set the increments to .5pt, but temporarily want to nudge at a faster rate, say 1pt, is there a keyboard shortcut for that, or am I asking too much, now? 

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Guide ,
Sep 16, 2010 Sep 16, 2010

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Shift-nudge will give you 10x the basic increment.

Nothing for 2x to my knowledge... sorry.

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Engaged ,
Sep 16, 2010 Sep 16, 2010

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Good enough!  Thanks!

Just as long as I can move faster than .5pt!  LOL

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Advocate ,
Sep 16, 2010 Sep 16, 2010

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you can hold down the shift key to nudge 10x the increment. i'm not aware of other increments. in indesign you can also nudge 1/10 the set increment.

oops. beaten to the punch.

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LEGEND ,
Sep 16, 2010 Sep 16, 2010

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I always set my to .25pt. Works wonderfully here when I need to nudge slightly.

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Aug 24, 2022 Aug 24, 2022

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FreeHand was ahead of it time

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Community Beginner ,
May 30, 2008 May 30, 2008

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Thanks to all. How did I miss that? Maybe because of the death of literacy--Adobe calls it nudge in one place and uses different terminology elsewhere. Listen up, Adobe: that's "nudge increment" or "nudge distance," not "keyboard increment."

Thanks again,

David

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Engaged ,
Sep 17, 2010 Sep 17, 2010

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Hello Everyone,

In this situation I used "Action" Feature (Main Menu: Window+Action)

First, create a new "Action" Script and name it "Nudge .0001" (so you know every time you select this "Action" the object will move .0001 to the right), Start the recording, then select any object, then select "move" feature (Main Menu: Object+Transform+Move) When the "Move" window appears, enter the amount for the object to move (In this sample will enter: .0001) in this case in the horizontal option. Click Ok and Stop the recording on "Action" window.

Now every time you select any object and select the "Action" called "Nudge .0001" and hit "Play", the object will move .0001 to the right. (with the "snap-to" On or OFF)

In this way you can set a series of "Action" Scripts with different increments you may want to use.

I hope this helps!

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LEGEND ,
Jun 09, 2008 Jun 09, 2008

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I have noticed that type objects (specially point type) don´t seem to snap accurately to guides in CS2. You have to zoom in to correct inaccurate snaps. This never used to be a problem. Any ideas anyone?

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New Here ,
Jul 11, 2018 Jul 11, 2018

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Hello,

In Illustrator, hold Cmd/Ctrl + K > General > Keyboard Increment change it to 0.2 now do the tiny nudge.

Hope this helps! 🙂

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