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Adobe Illustrator CS3 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques by Bruce K. Hopkins, David Karlins

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Chapter Eight. Aligning, Arranging, and Clipping

Illustrator objects can be aligned and arranged in three dimensions. You can align objects horizontally or vertically, and you can move objects in front of or behind each other. As you might expect, Illustrator provides many options for each of these processes. You can align objects in two dimensions using the Align panel or, alternately, rely on snapping to gridlines. You can roughly locate and align objects with a ruler (and guides), or you can precisely locate objects using the Info panel.

Similarly, there are many ways to “crop” objects in Illustrator. There are several ways to define a printable area of an illustration. You can rely on the artboard or the artwork itself, define a specific ...

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