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I have a word that I converted to outlines, and I want each object to be aligned diagonally to the artboard, although nothing seems to work. How can I do that?

Example

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    Can you please elaborate a bit more?
    – Vikas
    Commented Oct 22, 2021 at 18:11
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    Gonna need to see at least a crude example of what you want.
    – Scott
    Commented Oct 22, 2021 at 19:43
  • That's what I was talking about: imgur.com/a/eylPLRz Commented Oct 23, 2021 at 13:38
  • @AlexandreAndrejow do any of the existing answers help? If yes, you can mark it as accepted.
    – Vikas
    Commented Oct 23, 2021 at 17:05
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    @Vikas I will do it. You guys really helped me. Thanks a million! Commented Oct 23, 2021 at 19:19

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Here is a different approach to achieve something similar to what I show in my other answer.

If you just want to distribute the letters purely based on their geometry, you can do the following:

  • Select your rotated, expanded word.

  • Select Object > Ungroup to make the letters individual objects.

  • Roughly place the letters like you want them.

  • In the Align panel make sure to click Align to Artboard and then click Vertical Distribute Space followed by Horizontal Distribute Space.

Note that although this distributes the letters mathematically precise, the different shapes of the letters might force you to manually nudge the letters around until achieving a balanced look.

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  • You can just move the D and Y to place them where you want them and then distribute the spacing for everything. :)+1
    – Scott
    Commented Oct 23, 2021 at 18:19
  • @Scott, as far as I can tell because the letters have different widths you need to place them in the order you want them to have. Else they end up in scrambled order where in this example the A is placed left of the E.
    – Wolff
    Commented Oct 23, 2021 at 20:39
  • Might be newer AI version. It should merely be based upon the stacking order.... but if logic were always followed Adobe would be out of work :)
    – Scott
    Commented Oct 23, 2021 at 20:46
  • @Scott, I assumed that, but it seems stacking order has no influence, only initial left position. Now that I think about it, I mostly use distribution to clean up distances between objects I already placed and I never worry about stacking order so it must have been like this for a while.
    – Wolff
    Commented Oct 23, 2021 at 21:01
  • heh.. just tried in CS6... I am wrong :) It was based on stacking order at one point, maybe CS4... then they broke it. Your'e right.. mish-mosh of placements unless you slightly tweak things first.
    – Scott
    Commented Oct 23, 2021 at 21:23
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  • Select your rotated, expanded word.
  • In the Transform panel, copy the value in the Rotate field.
  • Select Object > Ungroup to make the letters individual objects.
  • Enter Object > Transform > Transform Each. In the Rotate > Angle field, write a minus and paste in the angle you copied before.
  • Press OK to rotate the individual letters.

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  • Ah, just realize that I perhaps got this the wrong way around! Anyway, the same method could be used to have diagonal letters along a horizontal line.
    – Wolff
    Commented Oct 22, 2021 at 18:01
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    to be fair, the question isn't very clear. This is how I read it too. +1 from me
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Oct 22, 2021 at 18:04

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