How to distribute objects inside another object in illustrator?


I am new to illustrator and am struggling to find answer anywhere to this seemingly simple task...

I am trying to align 3 narrow vertical rectangles inside a larger rectangle ( I am making a Trash Can Icon)

I am trying to use the align tools but have yet to manage to get these 3 rectangles to distribute equally inside this larger rectangle.

I am sure there is a very simple solution but I can't find it... enter image description here

6/22/2014 5:07:00 PM

This is one way of doing it. I am sure there are more elegant ways, but this works:

  • Create your rubbish bin outline

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  • Draw five vertical lines
  • Align two of them with the sides of your rubbish bin

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  • Select the lines, and use the align-tool to distribute them equally enter image description here
  • Delete the two guides, move, alter and adjust your three remaining lines.

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6/22/2014 5:38:00 PM