CC Libraries on Illustrator Paste in Place in artboard
Could we get an option to save an artboard together with the group of items selected when we save to Libraries?
I mean instead of modifying the artboard size to fit all elements, libraries would save the size of the original artboard and all the items in it, including the items that bleed outside (as bleed marks).
2 - Would also be super useful to get an option to "paste in place" when pasting an item from the library into an artboard if the target artboard is the same size as the original artboard.
I will try to explain my issue and why I'm suggesting this (It is long, you don't have to read it if you understand the main suggestion):
I have created a library of several complete artworks to be used by the rest of the team I work with. The idea is that for repeat files, text, photo, and elements placement is always the same no matter who uses it.
When I create the artwork, I always leave some bleed marks to avoid white lines on the border of exported files (that bug that happens sometimes). So, if my artboard is 2000x2000, with bleed, the whole group becomes 2008x2008.
When I save the group to the library, the file in the library will have an artboard of 2008x2008 instead of an artboard of 2000x2000 with the bleed marks.
The problem is, when we "Place Copy" the library item into an artboard, it is rarely placed in the original place it was when I saved it to the library.
If I place it as a link, it somehow aligns but it will not from time to time.
If I "place a copy", I always have to try to aim the perfect spot when placing it but if it has a photo in a clipping mask, it never aligns correctly! (and I have to align it manually again)
Also, if I save only one item in the artboard, that is just part of the component, I won't have the original position saved and will have to manually place it correctly in a new artboard or make a transparent object to save the position.
The workarounds I found were:
- Go into edit mode, copy what I need, and paste in place on the new artboard. The problem with this is that you need edit access to go into that mode and I don't want to give editing access to all the team members that - will need this material.
- The other is to place the group anywhere and then align it to the current artboard manually, with the align tools. The problem with this is that it only works when you have the full composition. If I save one component and want to save the placement of it in an artboard, I have to save a transparent object as a guide as well, which can be annoying and confusing for newer members of the team I work with.
I attached some examples to try to explain better as this has been hard to describe.
If anyone knows any other workaround for this situation that I have missed, I'd love to hear it!
Jessia Medeiros commented
Hi Egor, that's exactly what I do!
Still, the placement can get wonky anyways. Sometimes the library object is created with a different size than of the guide object if there's anything even close to the border (like an image for example). That small pixel bug that increases the artboard size in small digits like 2000.56 or something happens here if I'm not super careful.
That's why it would be great to have an option to copy the original artboard and having a paste in place option. The last one would probably solve most of my inconsistency problems already.
Jessia, what happens if you use a rectangle with no-fill and no-stroke as a guide dummy instead of a transparent rectangle?
I believe it should work as well as a transparent one. The way to define bounds with a no-fill-no-stroke rectangle is actually a required procedure in patterns and brushes, so I bet it was intended here as well.
As for the drop coordinates — yeah, this inconsistency is meh, I agree.