Is there a way to align an object to an anchor point without changing the shape of the object?
Let’s say I wanted to align this triangle to a single anchor point on a complex shape like so:
I can align an anchor point, or multiple anchor points from the triangle to the anchor point on the complex shape like so, but this just stretches the anchor point:
But how would I align the triangle to this spot without changing it? Like so:
Or with just the edges of the object aligned, like so:
Is this possible?
I think the reason your triangle is distorting is because you are grabbing it by the bounding box handle which will reshape your object.
This Alignment technique works with or without Smart Guides on-
- First off turn off the Bounding Box ( View> Hide Bounding Box)
- Go to View> Snap to Point and make sure it is checked
- Select the object you want to move with either the Selection Tool (Black Arrow) or alt/option select it with the Direct Selection Tool (white arrow) this will select the entire object.
- With the same selection tool grab the object from the anchor point you want to align with something and move it where desired. It will snap to another anchor point.
As far as the second part of your question- aligning an anchor point to an object’s shape bounds- you will need to drag a guide from the rulers and manually align that to the object you want to align to. Then once again grab the object you want to move by the anchor point you want to align to and it will snap to the guide.