Distribute by a specified amount of space in Adobe Illustrator

It’s Day 11 of our series “12 Day of Christmas” and today I would like show you how to set a specified amount of space between your objects via the Align Panel.

Distribute objects by specific amounts:

1. Select the objects you want to align or distribute.

2. In the Align panel, click the fly-out menu on the top right and chose Show Options.

3. In the Align panel, under Align To, select Align to Key Object from the dropdown.

4. Enter the amount of space to appear between objects in the Distribute Spacing text box.

5. Click either the Vertical Distribute Space button or the Horizontal Distribute Space button.


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Simona Pfreundner has been teaching Adobe Creative Suite since 2008 through written tutorials, instructional video courses and classroom teaching. With 15 years experience in the graphic design field as an agency, in-house and freelance designer, her love for art and drawing has enabled her develop an approachable and intuitive style of teaching that helps people learn graphic design software in a fun and easy way.

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