Specifying distance between objects in Adobe Illustrator CS5
As I'm placing items for a design, I find myself guessing a lot about positioning, usually I will take an item and everything else that might be similar I'll use align-left, or distribute-center. However, if I have text, all aligned left, and I want an item to be X pixels away from the end of that item, is there a way i can specify that without tapping the right arrow five times?
There might be a better way to do this, something more magical that Illustrator was born to do, so any suggestions are helpful.
- Type your text.
- Create your item.
- Put the left edge of your item at the end of the text.
- With the item still selected, go under Object → Transform → Move.
- Enter the distance you need it to move in the dialog box. Clicking the Preview box is helpful.
- You can then either align subsequent items under the first item, or select subsequent items and choose Object → Transform → Transform Again, and they will all do the last transformation (in this case, moving).