How to align objects side by side with a specified distance between them in Illustrator?

I am creating an animated sprite list in Adobe Illustrator. I finished creating the sprites and used the Horizontal/Vertical Distribute Center commands to distribute the objects equally in some area.

But, if the objects are spread too far apart, the Distribute Center tool leaves, albeit equal, much distance between the objects. The opposite is true: if the objects are too close then distributing them will just overlap them.

My question is, is there any tool that just puts objects side by side?

I imagine that this tool would work if the objects aren’t even equal in size.

I have viewed this question and answer but it is not what I need.


You can align to a specific dimension (horizontal or vertical) using the “Distribute Spacing” selection in the “Align” tab.

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Note: If the text box does not display, in the upper right of the panel is a dropbox… click it and choose “Show Options”.

  1. Select the objects you want to distribute.
  2. Single-click on one object to set it as the anchor (aka key) object.
  3. Enter the amount you want them distributed.
  4. Click on either the Distribute Vertically button or the Distribute Horizontally button.

You can also use this to place two objects exactly next to each other; just set your spacing to “0”.

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