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• - [Deke] In this movie, I'll show you

• how to distribute selected objects

• so that there's a specific amount of room

• between each object and its neighbors.

• And so you can see here in the final version of the artwork,

• that we have an even amount of space

• between each one of our squares, as opposed to having them

• all absolutely adjacent to each other as they are now.

• And that spacing is absolutely even

• up here at the top of the first row,

• between each one of the rows,

• and down here at the bottom as well.

• So in other words,

• we have a total of one, two, three, four, five gaps

• that we need to bear in mind.

• All right, so I'll go ahead and switch over

• to my document in progress.

• You may recall that I made my artboard

• 100 points bigger than it was before.

• And so if you take 100 and divid by those five gaps,

• then you can anticipate that each one of the gaps

• is going to be 20 points.

• And so I'm going to start things off by selecting

• all these squares, which I can do by going up

• to the select menu and choose All on Active Artboard,

• or you have that keyboard shortcut of Control + Alt + A

• or Command + Option + A on a Mac.

• And then I'll just go ahead

• and drag this top left anchor point

• until it snaps into alignment

• with the top right corner of the artboard.

• But for whatever reason, if I zoom in here,

• you can see that that didn't quite work.

• If that happens to you, then the most rock solid solution

• is to bring up the transform panel

• by clicking on the word transform

• on the right side of the control panel,

• then select this top point

• in the small reference point matrix,

• and notice your X and Y values.

• In my case, the X value is zero points.

• That's with respect to the artboard, by the way,

• which is perfect.

• However, my Y value is 2.827 for whatever reason.

• So I'll just change it to zero as well,

• and then press the Tab key.

• And that goes ahead and moves the square

• into exactly the proper location.

• Now you may wonder, well, why didn't I just go ahead

• and use my alignment functions right here

• in order to, for example, switch this align icon

• to align to artboard?

• And then I could click on vertical line top.

• Problem is that's going to move all those objects independently

• with the exception of the grouped objects in the center.

• So I figured just dragging the objects

• was the better solution.

• All right, I'll go ahead and press Control + Z

• or Command + Z on a Mac to undo that move.

• And now what we need to do is scoot the squares

• 20 points down and 20 points to the right.

• And so with my black arrow tool selected,

• I'll just go ahead and press the enter key

• or the return key on a Mac

• and I'll change both the horizontal

• and vertical values to 20 points,

• and I'll turn on the preview checkbox,

• at which point, we'll see those guys

• scoot into the proper locations.

• All right, I'll go ahead and click okay

• in order to accept that change.

• Now, if you're really on the ball,

• you could tell me that I wasted a little time there.

• That wasn't the most efficient approach because after all,

• we were just looking at the transform panel

• and I could've just changed the X and Y values to 20 points.

• In which case, good for you for noticing that.

• All right, now what I want to do

• is distribute these guys by a specific increment.

• And I can do that by bringing up the full align panel.

• And to make that happen,

• go to the window menu and choose the align command,

• which appears in my case over here

• on the right-hand side of the screen.

• And notice that we're seeing the six align icons

• along with the six distribute icons.

• If you're not seeing anything more,

• then you need to click on this double arrow head

• right next to the word align,

• and that'll bring up the distribute spacing option.

• Notice, however, that it's currently dimmed,

• and that's because to make it available,

• you have to select a key object.

• And so I'll just go ahead and click on this top left square

• in order to make it the key object, because after all,

• it's the only one that's in the proper position.

• And now, as you can see,

• distribute spacing is available to me.

• I'll go ahead and change this value here to 20 points

• because that's the size of the gap,

• and then I'll click horizontal distribute space.

• And that's going to make an absolute disaster of things,

• as you can see, I'll go ahead and zoom out here.

• And the reason that this is happening

• is because Illustrator is distributing

• every single one of the squares

• 20 points away from its neighbor,

• except for those four in the center,

• and that's because they're grouped together.

• What we need to do

• is first group our squares in the columns,

• and I'm going to do that by zooming back in

• and I'll of course undo this mess.

• And in order to make things work,

• I'm going to have to ungroup these four squares in the center.

• That doesn't mean you have to select them

• independently of the other ones, by the way.

• You can go up to the object menu

• and choose the ungroup command

• or press Control + Shift + G

• or Command + Shift + G on the Mac

• and that'll ungroup any groups inside the selection.

• And so I'll go ahead and choose that command,

• at which point I can now see the word rectangle

• over here in the far left side of the control panel.

• And that tells me that I no longer have any groups

• because previously it would've appeared as mixed objects.

• All right, now I'm just going to marquee

• these four objects in the first row,

• and I'll press Control + G

• or Command + G on the Mac to group 'em.

• And then I'll marquee this next column, press Control + G,

• the third column, press Control + G,

• and the fourth one, and then press Control + G,

• and of course, that's Command + G on the Mac.

• All right, now if I press Control + A

• or Command + A on the Mac, to select everything,

• and by the way, that is the wrong keyboard shortcut,

• because I selected all these letters

• on the second artboard as well.

• Don't want that.

• So what I need to do instead is go to the select menu

• and choose All on Active Artboard

• or press Control + Alt + A

• or Command + Option + A on the Mac.

• All right, now notice once again,

• distribute spacing is dimmed.

• And so what I need to do is establish a key object

• by clicking on that top left square,

• which is going to select the entire first group.

• And then if I click horizontal distributed space,

• I ended up getting the exact effect I'm looking for.

• All right, now we're going to want to

• vertically distribute the space,

• but that means first grouping the squares into rows.

• So I'll start off by going up to the object menu

• and choosing ungroup, and that's going to ungroup

• all four of the groups, by the way.

• Then I'll marquee these top squares,

• press Control + G or Command + G to group them.

• The next row, group them.

• The third row, group them.

• And finally, the fourth row, followed by Control + G

• or Command + G on a Mac to group them.

• All right, now I'll just go ahead and marquee these guys

• instead of selecting everything on the artboard.

• And now notice, again,

• this object is dimmed because we don't have a key object.

• And in case that doesn't make sense, just think about it.

• You have to tell Illustrator

• which of these rows is supposed to be fixed in place

• so it knows that the other rows

• are the ones that are getting moved.