Here it says when using "snap to grid", that it snaps when I am within 2 px of the grid

When the object’s boundaries come within 2 pixels of a gridline, it snaps to the point.

How can I change that? I want to move objects in smaller steps than that.

  • I find its related to your ZOOM level more than the pixel size of your artwork - IE 2 SCREEN pixels - so try the same zoomed right in. Jul 29, 2015 at 7:23

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Change the Snapping Tolerance in the Preferences.

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But honestly if 2 pixels is too large a distance, you should be zoomed in viewing the pixel grid, because the only smaller increment is 1 pixel which the pixel grid handles.

  • I thought this was only for the smart guides. I'll try it out later, thanks. Jul 29, 2015 at 7:52
  • This did not help unfortunately. I changed my grid such that I have a gridline every 80 px with 4 subdivisions. That means the smallest boxes are 20x20 px in size. I changed the snapping tolerance to 2 px. However when I e.g. move an anchor it snaps to the grid all the time. Jul 29, 2015 at 17:57
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    Never mind, I figured it out. If you activate "snap to grid" it always snaps to the grid! Jul 30, 2015 at 19:33

For me it worked to uncheck View / Snap to Pixel and View / Snap to Point.

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  • The OP is asking to decrease the incremental value by which gridline snapping works. Turning pixel snapping and point snapping off and on will not reduce the incremental values.
    – Abhimanyu
    Apr 23, 2020 at 11:52
  • Oh hey @Abhimanyu thanks for setting me straight. I concur with your astute evaluation. Also I wish you continued success in your endeavors of down voting new contributors. Apr 23, 2020 at 14:40
  • I have not downvoted your answer.
    – Abhimanyu
    Apr 24, 2020 at 17:37
  • @Abhimanyu - please accept my apologies. This discussion has reached a level of pettiness that I totally respect... I am going to slam the fridge door over my head now. Apr 26, 2020 at 9:22
  • Just relax. Your answer is not an answer. I merely pointed out why. This is not a discussion, I have not downvoted your answer it was -1 when I found it while reviewing first answerers. If you really want to do all this work, I recommend trying to point out how your answer adds value instead of attempting forced sarcasm, which clearly isn't working over nothing.
    – Abhimanyu
    Apr 26, 2020 at 23:59

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