I have setup a isometric grid by creating smart guider rotated 120 degrees and working with the intersect points. When I'm working on vertex level this works great but when I want to group my object and "put it aside" or even move it a couple of "tiles" it does not snap correctly. I have tried to increase DPI but this does not give better results.

Is this a known problem and is there a fix or solution for this? I need to be very precise and I really need a grid to work faster is Illustrator the right tool for the job?

  • There is no DPI setting in illustrator! Always use the direct selection tool and make sure you drag from a vertex as it snaps to your currsor position. suggest you disable alignment guides. Yes this is annoying but workable. Theres always autocad but it has same problem.
    – joojaa
    Commented Dec 9, 2015 at 5:46

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You're looking to disalign objects with the pixel grid. In the transform window (Window > Transform) You will see a checkbox labeled 'align to pixel grid'. Uncheck it.

To avoid it in the future when you begin a new document - go into the same dialog window and in the right hand corner menu of that transform window uncheck "new objects align to pixel grid"

Align to Pixel Grid

  • It's checked but grayed out so I cannot uncheck it.
    – Madmenyo
    Commented Dec 9, 2015 at 20:35
  • There is a saying stupid question do not exist.. I had to select an object obviously. And this actually worked out. I mark this one for the answer, for the bottom options to show I had to select Show option in the top right preferences panel of the transform window too.
    – Madmenyo
    Commented Dec 9, 2015 at 20:40

OPEN "Windows">"transform". There will three checkmarks at the very bottom of that window. I'm not sure what the last check box is called in english but unchecking it usually solves that problem. I think its called "Align to Pixel grid".


Smart guides can be more of a nuisance than anything, but for this case there is a solution. Zoom way in, that makes the guides less "snappy".

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