I've been asked to create a GIF animation involving nearly 42 frames on Illustrator. Working backwards from the last frame, I did a copy + paste in place and edited each frame as per requirements. Now when I assemble all the PNGs, I discovered that some of the frames in between have been slightly misaligned - I clearly remember pasting in place - it's a tedious job to manually align every frame. Is there a workaround?

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    When exporting the PNGs, have you tried using Save for Web (Legacy) - using the Clip to Artboard option?
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 19, 2017 at 8:22
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    Do you have sbap to pixels enabled... It causes a lot fo problems
    – joojaa
    Jun 19, 2017 at 8:59
  • Possible duplicate of Adobe illustrator : Problem with saving for web
    – Luciano
    Sep 18, 2017 at 9:05

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Create a dummy object (invisible rectangle) first to set the art box

I suppose you changed the center by editing the object/s and/or changed the so called art box which surrounds the object/s.

My suggestion: Make tons of copies from the first object to animate first, so the positioning is always right.

Or: If you need the last object-state put a dummy object (an unvisible rectangle) below the first object, make it the biggest object, surrounding all animation-states and group them (CTRL + G). Make a copy by CTRL + C and CTRL + F of this group and work further in isolation-mode. Never change the position of the unvisible rectagle.

Deleting the dummy-rectangles at the end depends on your export. In the export (Alt + CTRL + E) you can choose between artboards and object. Maybe setting it to the artboard would be enough for your purpose. It's hard to tell without having a picture.

Different ways to export objects

  • that or check the Clip to Artboard option when exporting
    – Luciano
    Sep 18, 2017 at 9:01

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