I am working in Illustrator (15.0.2 (CS5) or 16.0.0 (CS6)) and when I try to move objects small distances, they snap to the nearest two pixels on some invisible grid. I can't find anything in the preferences. Here are some screen shots:

move issue

  • You can manually move the object to that location. Using the arrow keys will result in a 1px change, meaning if you're working on a partial-pixel level, it will move further than you may want it to. – Hanna Feb 16 '12 at 4:02
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    Did you try turning off all snapping under view? – HellaMad Feb 16 '12 at 4:20
  • Possible duplicate: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/5689/… – Scott Feb 16 '12 at 4:24
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    yup, that was one of the first few places i looked. I think it SHOULD be there... its weird that its in the transform panel! – AndyPerlitch Feb 16 '12 at 5:15
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    This drove me crazy almost always as there was nothing in Transform box, but I had to look in the comments to find the answer (unselect view>snap to pixel). I really don't care if it a duplicate as Scott said. Thanks a ton. – Yannis Dran Jan 21 '19 at 9:32

For new objects, turn off "Align to Pixel Grid" on the Transform panel.

transform panel

For existing objects, select them first, then turn off Align to Pixel Grid using the checkbox at bottom of Transform panel.

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    This option doesn't exist in the latest version of Illustrator – Pier Jun 12 '18 at 23:00
  • @Pier see my answer below with the updated instructions for modern Illustrator versions. – Keavon Apr 10 '19 at 4:23

It was driving me crazy too... you can deselect the Align to Pixel Grid checkbox on the Transform panel (shows up on "show options"), but new objects will always retain the snapping behaviour.

To turn it of permanently, click on the flyout menu at the top right of the transform panel then uncheck Align new objects to pixel grid.


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    Where is "show options"? – Jason Axelson Jul 1 '18 at 17:52

THIS HAS BEEN UPDATED IN VERSION 23.0.1 You have to turn OFF "snap to grid" behavior. The preferences for alignment of objects are in three DIFFERENT places:

  1. In VIEW menu uncheck "Snap to Point" (NOTE: this has moved in latest version to Preferences menu (see #3 below)
  2. In the TRANSFORM PALETTE un-check "Align to Pixel Grid"
  3. Other related options in PREFERENCES -"Disable Snap to Point"

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This has finally been updated by Adobe in the latest version of Illustrator v.23.01 and later.

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  • Although I heartily sympathise with your point, it does not answer the question, and is a comment at best. – Vincent Dec 8 '15 at 9:01
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    I updated the post, ttok out hte commentary and clarified where the various places to edit preferences are (hidden) in Illustrator. I hope it helps people find them. – WildOutWest Jan 8 '16 at 1:19
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    Where are the settings for this in the preferences panel ? I'm unable to find anything about this in there on CC 2015.5 – Focused Muffin Aug 10 '16 at 20:38
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    There are no setting in the preferences panel for this snap-to pixel grid option...- I commented on this earlier, and was asked to take the commentary out... It's absurd that you have to set this in the TRANSFORM sub menu... (little pop up menu on the side of the incredibly small top right hand side menu button. Good luck keeping your eyesight intact. – WildOutWest Oct 22 '16 at 6:06

In Illustrator 2019, the snap-to-pixel toggle has been moved to a more convenient location in the top right of the application. It is the magnet icon connected to three vertical squares.

Snap to pixel in the top right of the Illustrator window

Clicking it toggles snap-to-pixel and the dropdown arrow to its right opens an advanced options menu with additional settings.

Pixel Snapping Options menu

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