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Illustrator Distribute Not Working

Community Beginner ,
Feb 21, 2020

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I'm extrememly frustraited at the moment - this feature was working fine yesterday, but now is acting so weird. 
System Info: Win10 version 1909, build 18363.657
AI: 24.0.2

I am simply trying to create a grid of guidelines over a rectanlge object. Horizontal and Vertical. I do this all the time by throwing down guides, slecting everything, select the key object, and hit distribute. It always distributes the guidelines evenly across the key object. 

Today, it is shoving all of my guielines together ontop of each other at one side of the object. (Either top for vertical or right for horizontal.)

What the heck is going on and how do I fix it?

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Illustrator Distribute Not Working

Community Beginner ,
Feb 21, 2020

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I'm extrememly frustraited at the moment - this feature was working fine yesterday, but now is acting so weird. 
System Info: Win10 version 1909, build 18363.657
AI: 24.0.2

I am simply trying to create a grid of guidelines over a rectanlge object. Horizontal and Vertical. I do this all the time by throwing down guides, slecting everything, select the key object, and hit distribute. It always distributes the guidelines evenly across the key object. 

Today, it is shoving all of my guielines together ontop of each other at one side of the object. (Either top for vertical or right for horizontal.)

What the heck is going on and how do I fix it?

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Feb 21, 2020

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Moved from Community Help forum.

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Feb 22, 2020

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This is working in InDesign, but never has reliably in Illustrator (at least not in recent years). I could get the horizontal to work with "Align lefts", but only when making one more guide than necessary)

 

Please report it as a bug: http://illustrator.uservoice.com

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Feb 22, 2020

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You mentioned that it works yesterday. As i understand you use the same version of Illustrator 24.0.2  Can you try to reset Ai Preferences?

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/setting-preferences.html

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Feb 22, 2020

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Hi @LSGS,

I haven't a solution for the mentioned problem - I do not work in this way like you.

 

And sorry if I misunderstood, but …

If I need a grid of guides (or guides around an object):

  1. select the object - [Ctrl]+[C] - [Ctrl]+[F]  (copy and paste-in-front is unnecessary if you only need guides around the object)
  2. Menu: Object --> Path --> Split into Grid …
  3. turn on [Add Guides] in dialog
  4. deselect or delete (only) the helpers object
  5. Menu: View --> Guides --> Make Guides

 

Ready.

For example guides around an object (German UI)

grid-of-guides-around-object_00.pnggrid-of-guides-around-object_01.png

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I'm having the same issue. I feel like more and more things, that used to work reliably, are breaking in adobe products. Simple things like this are no longer acting as they should and it's quite frustrating. I hope we can find a workaround and they can fix these problems.

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Which version do you have? 24.2.1?

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