I am working on a pattern of a bunch of tiled square shapes. I matched all of the shapes right next to each other until I get that little green "Align" line and let go. When I zoom out I see a little space between most of the shapes. I'm assuming that is so I can see what shapes I'm working with better because when I zoom in the lines go away.

However when I export as a jpeg or png the lines are actually there. I tried it twice to make sure I had all the squares lined up and I'm still getting white space between them. Any idea whats going on?

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Make sure you have 'Align to Pixel Grid' deselected in the Transform panel.

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  • Select all of the squares
  • Open the Transform panel
  • Make sure that the checkbox next to 'Align to Pixel Grid' is not ticked

If you can't see this option in the Transform panel, click 'Show Options' on the drop-down in the top-right of the panel.

  • I checked and 'Align to Pixel Grid' is not ticked. I even tried selecting it all, ticking it and unticking and I still get the same results
    – user308409
    Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 16:40

I would actually set the "Align to Pixels" ON, since this will guarantee your shapes are actually aligned to the pixel grid.

From what I see in your screenshot, your anchor points are on fractional pixel coordinates, which will cause these spaces. To confirm, use Pixel Preview (Cmd+Y or Ctrl+Y on Windows). If you see the gaps there, you need to realign your shapes.

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