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Snap to Path/Point

New Here ,
Jun 15, 2018 Jun 15, 2018

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Sorry please excuse this post as I've search but can't find an answer but might because I'm using the wrong terminology.

I'm using InDesign CS6.

If I draw two line and then use the Direct Selection Tool to pick an end point on one of the lines and try to place it onto the end point of the other line there is no auto snapping to either the path or the end point of the other line. This all seams very easy in Illustrator.

Is it functionality that is just not available in InDesgin?

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Mentor , Jun 15, 2018 Jun 15, 2018

Nope. In InDesign you can use Document Grid for this kind of alignments:

View > Grids & Guides > Show / Hide Document Grid

View > Grids & Guides > Snap to Document Grid

Document Grid itself can be adjusted in Edit > Preferences > Grids > Document Grid

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Nope. In InDesign you can use Document Grid for this kind of alignments:

View > Grids & Guides > Show / Hide Document Grid

View > Grids & Guides > Snap to Document Grid

Document Grid itself can be adjusted in Edit > Preferences > Grids > Document Grid

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Thanks!

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What would be best practice in this case?

I'm adding lines on a photo to map a route. I've done it in Illustrator and then just copy pasted into InDesign?

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Yes, you can drag’n’drop or copy/paste simple figures from Illy (and still have them editable in ID), or draw them directly in ID. It depends on your preferences, what you find easier for you. I don’t see a difference in a terms of a final result.

Just don't copy/paste photos from Illy (or any other app, for that matter). Use Place command in InDesign and keep all your graphics linked.

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What's the advantage placing the photos and the keeping the graphics linked, versus just copy pasting from Illy?

Not sure it would benefit my basic use of ID?

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What's the advantage placing the photos

Oh, that's a long story. In short: I just strongly discourage you from embedding photos in ID file.

More detailed versions here, or here, or many more places to read after googling indesign placing vs embedding

That is a bit of a work around but it adds in a line between the two original end points so no ideal.

... and you can use Delete Anchor Point Tool (in Tools panel, Pen Tool group) to fix this.

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You can attach the endpoints of two paths by selecting both of them and using Object> Path> Join.

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Yes, sure. If OP wants to do it. But the question was "how to snap (align) two paths / end points", not "how to join two open paths". That's different things.

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That is a bit of a work around but it adds in a line between the two original end points so no ideal.

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Another option, although not ideal is to turn on Smart Guides and snap a horizontal and vertical guide to the point, then you can snap the other point to the intersection of the two guides. After, you can delete the guides if they are in the way.

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