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Oct 24, 2014

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Hey everyone, I've seen this similar question asked before however none of the solutions seemed to help my problem. I am trying to move an object in a pretty small increment, I have the preferences keyboard increment set to its lowest number, but I still need to move my object 1/3 as far. I've also tried to manually move the object to the correct point with my mouse and it just snaps back to the space where it was sitting which was as close as I could get it with arrow keys. I've turned off snap to grid and snap to point, with no change in my result. I'm basically trying to align a smaller triangle over a section of a larger triangle to act as a shading area. Any solutions? Thanks in advance.

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mblaney,

It does look like the Align to Pixel Grid ghost haunting you, as SRiegel suggested.

Or maybe Snap to Grid.

Are both unticked (the former when the black triangle is selected)?

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Hey everyone, I've seen this similar question asked before however none of the solutions seemed to help my problem. I am trying to move an object in a pretty small increment, I have the preferences keyboard increment set to its lowest number, but I still need to move my object 1/3 as far. I've also tried to manually move the object to the correct point with my mouse and it just snaps back to the space where it was sitting which was as close as I could get it with arrow keys. I've turned off snap to grid and snap to point, with no change in my result. I'm basically trying to align a smaller triangle over a section of a larger triangle to act as a shading area. Any solutions? Thanks in advance.

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mblaney,

It does look like the Align to Pixel Grid ghost haunting you, as SRiegel suggested.

Or maybe Snap to Grid.

Are both unticked (the former when the black triangle is selected)?

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Oct 24, 2014

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Check in the Transform Pallet with the item selected, and make sure that Align to Pixel Grid is not checked.

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Oct 24, 2014

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Thanks for the reply, I'm ussing illustrator CC forgot to mention that, I made sure that option is not checked.

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Oct 24, 2014

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mblaney,

I have the preferences keyboard increment set to its lowest number, but I still need to move my object 1/3 as far

Are you saying that you need to move your object in increments of 1/3 of 0.001pt with the arrow keys?

Edit>Preferences>General>Keyboard Increment goes (at least) down to 0.001pt, and that is what you should get with the Arrow keys, and you should be able to see that in the Transform palette, looking at the X or Y value.

If not, it may be time for the list.

The following is a general list of things you may try when the issue is not in a specific file (you may have tried/done some of them already); 1) and 2) are the easy ones for temporary strangenesses, and 3) and 4) are specifically aimed at possibly corrupt preferences); 5) is a list in itself, and 6) is the last resort.

1) Close down Illy and open again;

2) Restart the computer (you may do that up to 3 times);

3) Close down Illy and press Ctrl+Alt+Shift/Cmd+Option+Shift during startup (easy but irreversible);

4) Move the folder (follow the link with that name) with Illy closed (more tedious but also more thorough and reversible);

5) Look through and try out the relevant among the Other options (follow the link with that name, Item 7) is a list of usual suspects among other applications that may disturb and confuse Illy, Item 15) applies to CC, CS6, and maybe CS5);

Even more seriously, you may:

6) Uninstall, run the Cleaner Tool (if you have CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6/CC), and reinstall.

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Oct 24, 2014

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Hey Jacob, yes I was saying basically I need to be able to move the object a third of what the smallest increment the keyboard will allow me to use. If i do use my mouse and put the shape exactly where I want it to be placed, it just moves back to the spot where I could get it closest with a keyboard, here are some screenshots so you can see what I'm trying to do: doc.jpgdoc2.jpg

I can't get the black triangle to line up up with the edge of the lighter blude colored shape.

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Oct 25, 2014

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mblaney,

It does look like the Align to Pixel Grid ghost haunting you, as SRiegel suggested.

Or maybe Snap to Grid.

Are both unticked (the former when the black triangle is selected)?

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Sep 27, 2018

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This one got me too! I must not have tried to be so precise in a while because I've never had this issue before.

Thanks!

Eric

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Sep 27, 2018

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For my part you are welcome, Eric.

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Dec 26, 2019

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Thanks a lot!!!

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Oct 25, 2014

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Ah, thanks guys it was the align to pixel grid, I had unselected the "align new objects to pixel grid" option thinking it was applied to my selected object, and I didn't have the "align to pixel grid" option visible. My fault, thanks again.

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Apr 26, 2016

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Can you please post the repro steps on how to uncheck the "Align New Objects to Pixel Grid" and "Align to Pixel Grid" as I'm having difficulty trying to find it myself? Thanks!

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Apr 26, 2016

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Select all the objects and then uncheck "ALign to pixel grid"

Then uncheck "Align new objects to pixel grid"

It's in the transform panel.

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Apr 26, 2016

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I already did that but I am still unable to move in small increments. My pixel sizing in Preferences won't reduce to less than 0.01 px. This is so frustrating

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