In InDesign, I never have a problem aligning objects in relation to other objects because the Guides always show me where each object's center points are:

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I would love to know how to do this in Illustrator CC 2018. In my menus, Smart Guides are enabled and yet I cannot see objects' centers when trying to align by dragging another object near or inside it:

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  • Its pssible to get it to work like this but due to a illustrator scene easily having thousands of objects it really becomes tedious after a while. Check in preferences what parts of smart guides you have active and which you have turned off. Having them all on at the same time causes a Huge mess. – joojaa Feb 8 '18 at 20:01
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    Could you expand on that? The option is not to be found in the "Guides & Grids" or "Smart Guides" Preference Tabs of Illustrator. How would one end up with "thousands" of objects in a scene if they're not able to align correctly two of them to begin with 🙃 – MicroMachine Feb 8 '18 at 20:07
  • Well i find that being able to align to object center works even without alignment guides. And i am perfectly capable of doing very precise work without it. But then im snapping to vertices and intersections mostly anyway. – joojaa Feb 8 '18 at 20:14
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    I dont know about you but atleast my illustrator cc aligns to the center just like your indesign if i choose to enable the alignment guides and the object has a center enabled in its attributes (and you disable the guide features you dont need). But i dont have CC at home intentionally. And yes if wanted to do a engineering drawing i 3d i would use a CAD application, then at least my curves wouldn't be a bunch of linear segments once i export and i would be done in less time than it takes for you to start blenders rendering engine. But it is a doodle not a efficiency most my work is more cplx – joojaa Feb 8 '18 at 21:12
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    It works fine in CC2018 as well. It merely works differently than InDesign. If you want InDesign and Illustrator Smart Guides to work the same.... you need to harp on Adobe. Good luck with that. – Scott Feb 9 '18 at 5:19

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