Distribute anchor points evenly

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Is there a way to select actor points and distribute them evenly, so they all have the same height.

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Adobe Community Professional , Nov 10, 2018 Nov 10, 2018
It's hard to tell from your screen shot but it looks like it's dong exactly what it's supposed to. It's distributing every anchor point evenly vertically from top to bottom. I tried to replicate what you're doing. Check out the screen shots below.Just a bunch of rectanglesUsing the Direct Selection tool, marquee the anchor points on the left.Grab the top anchor point and move it up to where you want the objects distributed.Again, with the Direct Selection tool, marquee all of the anchor points o...

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The distribute functions in the align panel should work with individual anchor points, yes. Have only the relevant anchor points selected with the direct selection tool and click one of the distribute buttons.

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Gave it a try and it would be nice if it distributes evenly on one spot

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What do you mean by one spot?

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It distributes evenly but does not stay in the same position. Once I have clicked distribute, the anchor points spread out

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Is Align to Selection or Align to Artboard set?

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I tried Align to Selection , Align to Key anchor and Align to artboard. Still spreads out

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Can you show a screenshot of what happens before and after and which anchor points you have selected?

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So this is what happens when I distribute. I want to still keep the proportion but even them

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I just tried this and got the same result. The only way I could fix it was to use Snap to Point with the Selection tool and move the pieces back together.

Either deselect and move anchor point to anchor point with the Selection tool or turn off the Bounding box first and do it (and remember to turn it on again.)

Maybe someone else will have a better method, but this works.

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It's hard to tell from your screen shot but it looks like it's dong exactly what it's supposed to. It's distributing every anchor point evenly vertically from top to bottom. I tried to replicate what you're doing. Check out the screen shots below.

ForumIllustrator1.png

Just a bunch of rectangles

ForumsIllustrator2.png

Using the Direct Selection tool, marquee the anchor points on the left.

ForumsIllustrator3.png

Grab the top anchor point and move it up to where you want the objects distributed.

ForumsIllustrator4.png

Again, with the Direct Selection tool, marquee all of the anchor points on the right side and choose vertically distribute centers.

ForumsIllustrator5.png

Using the Direct Selection tool, marquee each pair of adjacent anchor points, and align them vertically center. Rinse and repeat.

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Chad, your method works for all of the internal paths, which involves moving both anchor points; but the outside two paths only have their inner points moved, and so I think that you will find that the distance between their points is different from (less than) all the others. And the extreme top and bottom points define the total space, so they cannot move.

To make this work, the selection for distribution must include (this is all direct selection on the right end of the paths): a) the upper point of the top path and the lower point of the bottom path, since they define the space over which the points are distributed; and b) one corresponding point on each path; i.e. all the upper points or all the lower points. So:

Direct select and move out of the way each of the (let us say) bottom points:

Direct select and distribute all the points on the right. This gives the proper spacing for all the upper points and an equal spacing between the upper and lower points of the bottom path:

Direct select and drag each lower point to the upper point of the path below it. Since the upper points are correctly spaced, the lower ones will be also, and the bottom path is already correct.

Peter

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There's definitely some interesting math going on there. You're right, all of the elements are not in fact the same size. Not sure if that's important to the OP but I totally get what you're saying. You're method adds the ability to precisely control the distance.

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I love interrupting actual work to try to figure out problems like this!

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Thank you so much, this is very helpful

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You are welcome. I had fun.

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Thank you so much Chad

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How are you selecting the anchor points?
(I am mentioning the Direct Selection tool for others who search; I know you are using it.)

  • If you shift + click each anchor point, the last one becomes the key “object”, or key anchor point.
  • If you marque drag the points there is no key anchor point.

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