Ok so I got this huge document, about 1.5 x 1.2 metters and because I was working a little bit fast the aligning of some elements wasn't pixel perfect but is more or less accurate. Now that I've finished setting all this elements I want to align them so they are all placed correctly. The problem I'm experiencing now is that the elements are too small so when I zoom out to select them is not really easy and most of the times I select elements that I don't want to select.

Here is a zoomed example of the document, what I want is to select all pink dots and allign them with the blue one. Nothing really difficult with align tool the problem is the size of the document itself.

zoomed in image

But when I zoom the whole document out this is what I get.

zoomed out image with guides

and without guides it seems this way

zoomed out image without guides

I belive this could be achieved via scripting, but I don't know so much about it. What I want is for example select a blue dot and then run a script for selecting everhing that matches its y position so I can just align to that key object.

Edit: What I need to do is something like this.

Imagine I have a selection like this one step 1

And I want to expand it only in x position through all the document like this one step 1

The distributing horizontally is great but vertically they are not correctly aligned. Blue ones are in place but some red/pink ones are missplaced by some pixels and need to fix that. I hope this clarifies a little bit the question

Any help will be appreciated, thanks for your time.

  • Can you define "aligning" to the "blue dot" more precisely? Vertical or Horizontal align? Distribute Objects? Distribute spacing?
    – nimbling
    Oct 28, 2014 at 23:45
  • I've edited the question so I believe is more clear now
    – Antorni
    Oct 29, 2014 at 5:51

1 Answer 1

  1. draw a rectangle with the Rectangle Tool (M) enter image description here

  2. change the transformation "anchor" proxy to the Middle Left

  3. change the width of the box you drew in step 1 to enclose all of your art enter image description here

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  1. with the rectangle still selected, go to Object->Artboards->Convert to Artboards
  2. then go to Select->All on Active Artboard enter image description here
  • I just ended up with a new dilema. Is it possible to select all on active artboard ONLY if the center of the shape is present on current artboard? This is because sometimes the circles are too close and I end up selecting some I didn't want to select.
    – Antorni
    Nov 15, 2014 at 0:05
  • sorry but no, this method selects everything it touches, I would Shift+Click the circle I don't need selected. Nov 15, 2014 at 7:59
  • Yeah that's what I'm doing but is kinda slow. Once again thank you for the answer and now I have a lot of steps to do.
    – Antorni
    Nov 15, 2014 at 18:22
  • once you make the first rectangle, make a copy of it, and move down to the next row, before converting it to artboard, that'll be one step less to do. Nov 15, 2014 at 20:30
  • is this a one-off project? or something you do all the time? I think the whole project could be scripted Nov 15, 2014 at 20:52

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