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Snap to Grids, Guides and Other Objects

The snap-to settings create hot spots to which points, center points, and object handles will snap when active.

To Snap to the Graph Paper Grid:

Snap to graph paper creates an invisible set of evenly spaced hot spots which make object points, center points, and handles move in even increments. Grid spacing is based on the graph paper settings. See Using the Graph Paper Layer for more information about its setup.

1. Show (click the ‘eye’ icon in the Layers list) the Graph Paper layer. By default, objects will snap to grid when graph paper is visible, and not snap when graph paper is hidden. This setting can be changed in the application Preferences dialog.

Or do one of the following:

  • Choose Graphic > Snap To > Graph Paper from the main menu. Objects will snap to grid, whether the graph paper layer is visible or not.
  • Choose (app) > Preferences… Editing and check ‘Snap to graph paper when graph paper is visible’. Objects will snap to grid when graph paper is visible, and not snap when graph paper is hidden.

HINT: To avoid the Freehand Path tool producing choppy or “stair stepped” lines, make sure ‘Snap To’ settings are turned off.

To Snap To Guides:

Snap to guides creates hot spots along layout guide lines, to which points, center points, and handles will snap. Guide must be placed before objects will snap. See Rulers & Guides for more information about adding guide lines.

  • Choose Graphic > Snap To > Guides from the main menu. Objects will snap to guide lines, whether guides layer is visible or not.

To Snap to Other Objects:

Snap to other objects creates hot spots at object points, center points, and handles. Other objects’ points, center points, and handles will snap to these hotspots as their handles are dragged.

  • Choose Graphic > Snap To > Other Objects from the main menu.

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