Illustrator CS4 - how to align objects treated as they were group to the artboard


I have multiple objects accross many layers. What I would like to do is to select all of those objects and then align everything selected (as if it was a group) to something (e.g. to artboard, to some other object etc.). I don't want to align every of selected objects separately but rather to move them all at the same time, exactly as they would be moved if they were grouped.

The problem is - if I select objects and then make a group, all selected objects are pulled out of their layers and are put in the layer of the topmost selected object. If I, after aligning the group, ungroup the objects then I end up with initial layering of the objects being lost, what is not what I would like to happen.

In other words, I'd like to align selected objects treated as a group - but without losing/changing the layering.

3/7/2016 9:12:00 PM

Accepted Answer

You cannot use the align options unless the objects are grouped together. So here might be a workaround for you.

  1. Select all of the objects you would like to move and go to Select -> Save Selection (Ex. Selection 1). Thank you to ispaany for mentioning that.
  2. Copy those objects (CTRL or CMD + C) and paste in front (CTRL or CMD + F).
  3. Group the copied objects together. You can now align these objects to the artboard. Place the objects where you want them to be and lock them.
  4. Reload the selection, Select -> Selection 1. Move the selection to the same spot as the grouped objects and then unlock and delete the grouped objects.

*You will most likely need Snap to Point turned on in the View options.

3/8/2016 12:14:00 AM