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Illustrator in 60 Seconds: How to Use the Snap to Grid Option

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Using the Snap to Grid Option in Adobe Illustrator

Welcome to our Illustrator in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn an Illustrator skill, feature, or technique in just a minute!

Illustrator in 60 Seconds: Snap to Grid

Creating balanced artwork can sometimes become a tedious task, especially if you're trying to do it without a reference system.

Luckily for us, Illustrator has a special option, Snap to Grid, that allows us to snap each object to the Grid, making our process a lot more straightforward.

Learn more by checking out my how-to video, which will show you where the option is located and most importantly how it works.


How to Use the Snap to Grid Option in Illustrator

By default, the Grid itself is hidden, so you'll first have to turn it on from within the View menu in order to be able to see it.

Accessing the Grid in Adobe Illustrator

Go back to View menu and enable the Snap to Grid option. 

Enable Snap to Grid in Illustrator

Now each time you create a new shape by clicking and dragging, you'll be able to Snap to Grid, which will allow you to easily establish a size and position for your elements.

Snap to Grid in Adobe Illustrator with New Shapes

This tool enables you to create intuitive compositions by taking advantage of the underlying grid line structure, with every shape gradually snapping to larger or smaller space gaps.

Using the Snap to Grid for Compositions

Want to see this in action? Check out the video above to see this lesson at work!

A Bit More Detail

Want to learn more about Adobe Illustrator's vast tools and settings? Check out these tutorials below:

60 Seconds?!

This is part of a series of quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+ in which we introduce a range of subjects, all in 60 seconds—just enough to whet your appetite. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this video and what else you'd like to see explained in 60 seconds!

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