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How to display spacing information between the two elements in adobe illustrator?


Question

When I hold down Ctrl in Photoshop it displays spacing information between the layer that I have selected and other nearby layers.

Does Adobe Illustrator a similar function to this?

example from photoshop

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Accepted Answer

I'm not aware of anything identical (would be great if there is though), but you can achieve something equivalent by:

  1. Turn on smart guides (from view menu or toggle with Ctrl+U).
  2. Move the second object so that it touches and the smart guides tell you it intersects with the other object. This snaps to the intersect so the distance between the edges is exactly 0. Drop it there.
  3. Start moving it again, and a grey box appears next to the object showing how far you've moved it on the X axis (dX:) and Y axis (dY:). Since the objects were exactly touching when you started moving them (distance was 0), this will equal the objects' new distance.

Be aware that, unlike Photoshop, pixel align is optional in Illustrator so with it disabled you might see things moved 14.42px for example.

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