Snap objects to glyph
Learn how to snap and draw objects precisely around the boundary of live glyphs.
The Snap to Glyph feature lets you snap your artwork components precisely with the text without creating outlines or reference guides. While choosing a snapping option, the glyph guides will appear on the live text when you draw, scale, rotate, or move objects. Follow these guides to snap precisely with the live text.
To learn how to view and use the snapping options for Japanese glyphs and fonts, see Snap to Japanese glyphs.
Before you proceed
Snap with glyph guides
Select Character panel > More Options and enable Show Snap to Glyph Options to view glyph guide options.
What are glyph guides?
Let's see what all glyph guides are available on a glyph when the Snap to Glyph option is enabled.
Do the following to set the glyph guides in the Snap to Glyph section in the Character panel:
(Baseline): Snaps to the base of the glyph.
(x-height): Snaps to the height of lowercase glyph.
(Glyph Bounds): Snaps to the top, bottom, left, and right bounds of the glyph.
(Proximity Guides): Snaps to the guides generated near baseline, x-height, and glyph bound.
There can be many proximity lines based on glyph typeface, but only an important proximity line passing through cumulative maximum width character or maximum pixel density is shown.
(Angular Guides): Snaps to the angular guides that appear when you select a glyph with angular segments or on rotating the text frame.
(Anchor Points): Draw and snap to the anchor points of the glyphs.
Glyph guides don't consider stroke, pattern fill, effects, or appearance applied to the live text and are generated based on the original glyph shape.
Snap to an individual glyph after selection
- Glyph isn't highlighted upon selection if stroke, pattern fill, effects, and appearance are applied to the live text.
- Glyph guides are generated only on straight segments (linear or angular) and not on glyph curves.
Release glyph selection
To release the individual glyph selection and snapping,
- Right-click the glyph and choose Release Snap to Glyph <glyph-name>.
- Select the Release Glyph button in the Control panel.
- Choose another glyph to release the snapping on the previous glyph.
Any other action, such as text editing, will release the glyph automatically.
Snap with angular guides
Objects set at an angle will snap to their bounding box and object center.
Draw and snap to anchor points on a glyph
Use the Snap to Glyph > Anchor Points option in the Character panel to draw and snap a shape on a glyph.
The anchor point snapping works only with the Pen tool or when the object is moved closer to the anchor point on the glyph.
Snap to area text
Change the glyph guide color
By default, the glyph guides are shown in green. To change the glyph guide color, go to Preferences > Smart Guides > Glyph Guides and choose a color from the drop-down.
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