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Align to Key Object not working in Illustrator 2020 (24.2)

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Jun 16, 2020

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Why change what has always worked so well?

Trying to vertically/horizontally align objects to separate them equally no longer works the way it has for the last 20 years, so, now what?  When I try to align object it is requiring a "key object", this is not helpful at all and please tell me there's a way to re-set this back to a legacy setting? 

 

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Hi there,

 

Sorry about the trouble this issue has caused. It is currently under investigation. I would request that if you could upvote this issue and try the workaround shared here (https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/601447-illustrator-bugs/suggestions/40681714-align-to-key-object-automatic-selection-in-align-p). This way you'll keep getting all the updates related to this issue.

 

Please stay tuned for updates, and thanks in advance for your patience.

 

Regards,

Srishti

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Align to Key Object not working in Illustrator 2020 (24.2)

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Jun 16, 2020

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Why change what has always worked so well?

Trying to vertically/horizontally align objects to separate them equally no longer works the way it has for the last 20 years, so, now what?  When I try to align object it is requiring a "key object", this is not helpful at all and please tell me there's a way to re-set this back to a legacy setting? 

 

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Srishti Bali | Adobe Employee

Hi there,

 

Sorry about the trouble this issue has caused. It is currently under investigation. I would request that if you could upvote this issue and try the workaround shared here (https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/601447-illustrator-bugs/suggestions/40681714-align-to-key-object-automatic-selection-in-align-p). This way you'll keep getting all the updates related to this issue.

 

Please stay tuned for updates, and thanks in advance for your patience.

 

Regards,

Srishti

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New Here ,
Jun 16, 2020

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When selecting various objects on your work, one object seems to stand out. This can get used to.

When it comes to selecting text though and changing fill colour it's really inconvenient since you can't see the actual colour and can only be seen in the toolbar aboce, especially when dealing with jobs of high importance.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 16, 2020

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That is due to an issue with the align feature. Illustrator automatically is set to "Align to key object" and the object is hilighted. This will be fixed.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 17, 2020

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Yes Monika is correct, this is a bug. 

 

When you select multiple objects for first time after launch, Ai sets Align To to ‘Align to Key Object’. This should not be happening. Also, if you switch to ‘Align to Key Object’ from ‘Align to Artboard/Selection’ while working, Align To setting gets stuck on Key Object (rather than going back to selection/artboard after aligning to key object). We are working on a fix for this.

 

As a workaround, you’d have to manually change the Align To settings either from the Align Panel (Align Panel > Show Options> Align To dropdown) or from the control bar (settings at the top of Ai).

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New Here ,
Jun 26, 2020

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Please let us know when this is fixed. Thanks.

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New Here ,
Jul 15, 2020

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Is there any way to set AI to stick with your selection?
As you talk about above: "rather than going back to selection/artboard after aligning to key object", this is pretty annoying when you are trying to use align on multiple rows of objects.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 16, 2020

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Could be multiple fills in the Appearance panel. Character fills and type object fills.

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Explorer ,
Jun 16, 2020

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Attempts to align objects now met with error message "Please Select a Key in Current Document"

 

Generally when selecting multiple objects, Illustrator allows you to choose an "anchor" object to align things to, and it will thicken the highlight around that object. Now since the update, it automatically selects an anchor object, and when you try and align after de-selecting, it gives the error message. It makes it completely impossible to evenly distribute spacing between objects. Please help ASAP  

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 17, 2020

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Thanks @graphicd22604340. This is a bug. When you select multiple objects for first time after launch, Ai sets Align To to ‘Align to Key Object’. This should not be happening. Also, if you switch to ‘Align to Key Object’ from ‘Align to Artboard/Selection’ while working, Align To setting gets stuck on Key Object (rather than going back to selection/artboard after aligning to key object). We are working on a fix for this.

As a workaround, you’d have to manually change the Align To settings either from the Align Panel (Align Panel > Show Options> Align To dropdown) or from the control bar (settings at the top of Ai). This will make distribute functions work as expected.

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Jun 17, 2020

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Thanks for your response, and glad to hear you're working on it! 

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New Here ,
Jun 16, 2020

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My vertical distribute center (and top and btm) icons are now the same as the vertical align center. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 16, 2020

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Which version of Illustrator are you using?

 

Can you show a screenshot that may explain what you are talking about?

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Advisor ,
Jun 16, 2020

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I tested this and am having the same issue. If I distribute a stack of objects (align to selection or align to key object) they distrubute as the vert. align icon would. This needs to be looked into and squashed if it's a bug.

I was able to get the distribute icon to "align to selection" in the Align panel but not with the Tool Bar distribute icon. The align to key object has the same results in the "align to key object".

I also noticed when I make a selection Illustrator is now selecting a key object by default. I'm used to selecting ojects and selecting my own key object.

 

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Jun 17, 2020

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 16, 2020

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In the Align panel Show Options and select Align to Selection at the lower right of the panel.

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Participant ,
Jun 16, 2020

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Yes, and thank you, I did realize you do 2 steps instead of one simple step from one simple click. Still not fixing the annoying warning message while I'm trying to work, in fact it's now taking me twice as long to do one very simple task because I have to click way more times in this process.

Must I now do this every time? Before the update Align to Selection or Align / Artboard were the defaults, now what is happening – Align to Object is stuck once you choose it the first time and if you're in Align to Key Object mode and unselect the Key Object by clicking on it, this annoying warning box pulls up saying "Please Select a Key in Current Documents", turning a very simple task into a very unwanted feature.

you now have to go and unselect it as an annoying, cumbersome second-third step, when before all you had to do was click the object you wanted to align with and done.



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Mark Savage
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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Once you have set the option, it remembers it the next time an the next session.

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Jun 16, 2020

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Not for me, thanks for playing though.
I’ll just have to figure out a better way to work more efficiently since this is not working out for me at all, it’s just a nuisance now and an alignment nightmare.

Appreciate the assistance!

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 17, 2020

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Thanks Ton. This is a bug.

 

When you select multiple objects for first time after launch, Ai sets Align To to ‘Align to Key Object’. This should not be happening. Also, if you switch to ‘Align to Key Object’ from ‘Align to Artboard/Selection’ while working, Align To setting gets stuck on Key Object (rather than going back to selection/artboard after aligning to key object). We are working on a fix for this.

 

As a workaround, you’d have to manually change the Align To settings either from the Align Panel (Align Panel > Show Options> Align To dropdown) or from the control bar (settings at the top of Ai).

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New Here ,
Jun 25, 2020

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Worked for me - thanks alot 🙂

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 17, 2020

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Yes, sorry, I found out later that something was different, but it was midnight over here.

In a previous version you could temporarely set a key object, but now it sticks.

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Participant ,
Jun 17, 2020

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No worries, yeah, the sticking to Key Object only is a pain! 

Plus, this solution is now and extra click in the panel, not the conveniently laid out Artboard method everyone is so used to, so, not optimal.  Well, not for me at all. Maybe I need to figure something out or go back to the latest version. 

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