Moving objects - error message "can't move the object"
I'm working with vectors and type. Since the update to CC2018, at random moments and in multiple files, I'll select a vector object and select some text, then try to move them, and I'll receive the error message "Can't move the objects. The requested transformation would make some objects too large". The problem is going to force me to revert back to the 2017 version of Illustrator - please make sure this is fixed ASAP. See attached screen grab.
We have tried to fix the issue in the current release. Please update Illustrator using Adobe Creative Cloud application to the latest build for version Illustrator CC 22.1.
Please refer to our knowledge base FAQ – https://illustrator.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/1844590 if you face difficulty in the update.
Ashutosh Chaturvedi | Sr. Quality Engineering Manager – Illustrator
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PS: We are only referring to the issue that got introduced in CC 2018. As I can see there were few workflows that were existing even in older releases. Please log a separate request for it so that we all can track it better
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As mentioned before, problem seems to be related to Guides.
Same here. Just the regular daily dose of Adobe bugs, right?
Trying to make some changes to a logo and can't move anything. I've read through other's posting and tried to delete the guides. Didn't work.
I also tried creating a new file and make a simple black box. Can't move it.
Anyone have a solution??? Adobe, please feel free to chime in at any time.
I am having the same problem and these are not elaborate files, just a few outlined shapes.
Baron Miller commented
You can resize and move images by selecting the object and manually changing the numbers on XY axis and HW. (: X: Y: W: H: ). (Or clicking the down/up arrows with shift selected is fast as well)
Using the cursor/mouse will not work.
This got me through a project where I had a large image I was dealing with.
It's just a guide, it's hidden. Show them and delete! problem solved :)
It's a guide issue. Release the guides and erase them if you want.
Any idea on why this is and what to do?
I just updated to CC2018 and the file I was working in gives this message too.
Nothing changed, I just want to move it.
Last time there was no problem (in the CC2015 version) now it's impossible.
When I try to rearrange artboards sometimes the artwork is not moved with the dartboards (even though option is ticked). But more annoyingly I get told that they cannot move the dartboards as some data would fall off, this is incorrect
I too have been experiencing the "Can't move the objects. The requested transformation would make some objects too large". Beyond frustrating. I've been using Illustrator for nearly 20 years, never experienced this. Since the recent update I'm unable to perform simple functions. The SWOD is coming up a lot as well, since updating. Any help would be appreciated.
Marisa Santos Pinto commented
It's also happening here, since the upgrade.
In my case there were some masked bitmap images that were overlapping from one artboard to another.
Because they were masked I couldn't be aware of the overlapping.
The warning message was not of much help.
The solution I found was to create a bigger artboard and cut and paste the content there.
Then I re-positioned the existing arboards so the objects in it never overlap.
Debbie Cheetham commented
This also happens to me since upgrade to 2018
Since updating to Illustrator CC2018, when trying to move or scale certain objects/groups, I keep getting the error message, "Can't move objects. The requested transformation would make some objects too large."
Restarting Illustrator seems to help for a short stint, but I inevitably get the same error message when working on the file for any extended period of time. ...It's driving me crazy!
Erik Ernette commented
I have found that is a result of maybe one vertex that is outside of the master artboard. I would do a path cleanup to remove stray vertex or scale your project. change the document rasterization to 300dpi or more.
Adding that I have confirmed this issue is happening to all the users of our design team.
I recently downloaded the Updated 2018 Illustrator, ever since then I cannot move artwork groups containing guides without adjusting them first.
I work in the sublimated apparel industry so most often these groups our the company's logo (less than 2x2") and the guides for the logo placement on the artwork.
Now when trying to move a group like this I receive the error pop-up saying "Can't move the objects. The requested transformation would make some objects too large."
To remedy this I have to zoom all the way out and move the end points of the guides away from the edges of the work area so that I can move/rotate the group as needed. Even though Illustrator automatically makes the guides the entire height/width of the work area.
I have experienced frequently in the past a similar error message when trying to move clipping masks that contain artwork that would go outside the bounds of the work area (which is also insanely inconvenient), but I had never experienced it before when trying to move guides.
Is this an issue being worked on?
Also, why is it necessary to have a constrained work area?
We should be able to paste anything, anywhere, anytime without illustrator popping up some dumb message about elements being outside the pasteboard, or my fave "The Requested Transformation Would Make Some Objects Too Large" WTF? If I want to make it larger, I should be able to. When large elements need to be placed, it shouldn't be any problem. I have a > 200" image I need to cut into four parts to place on press sheets, and I shouldn't have to go into Photoshop & chop it up just because Illustrator can't handle it.
Colin Bright commented
I've had this one on previous versions. Figured out that it was the result of erasing a guide with the direct selection tool, which leaves the invisible "end point" in the document. If that guide was part of a group it can cause problems. Try clearing the guides.