Paste in Place does not work properly
So I'm having problems with the Paste in Place command, sometimes it works great when I Copy or Cut something and paste it on other artboards but most of the times it is not working properly, either what I copied o cut get outside the drawing area or it goes to a random place, and at first I thought I wasn't selecting the artboard but even with the artboard selected it falls anywhere. I'm running Illustrator CC 2019, on windows 10.
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I have the same issue. The solutions below are a bit complicated to remember and will only help those who came here to this thread and are now in possession of the below mentioned "gnostic knowledge". If I copy and then "paste in place" this should work without the user needing to remember these special procedures or "conditions".
But thank you very much ---> Jorge Rosillo <--- for finding the solution! I have been stuggling with this problem for the past two years now on a weekly basis. I thought it had something to do with group and non-group items, as grouping often fixed the issue.
If its possible to get Illustrator to understand copy and paste from one artboard to another without these special pre-conditions, then that would help make it more user friendly. If not, then we will simply have to deal with it and hope that the next time we use copy and paste across artboards, we actually remember all the necessary pre-conditions. Sorry for all the users who don't know about this special solution. They will not be able to use this feature. Tough luck hombres );
In all honesty, I do hope this will eventually get "fixed" and be treated as a bug. Because such behaviour cannot seriously be considered a workable solution "by design".
Grafer Safranalski commented
I am using version 27.0 on windows 10 and it's also not working well. Of course I am using older version of Illustrator that new one 2023 because of course as every new product of Adobe it must be full of problems and bugs. Paste in place gives a random pastes aside of artbords...
This fails for me. Illustrator 27.7. Feel like this has been an issue for years. Come on Adobe fix this. Right now, if I select all the artwork (even with Jorge's method below), it pastes in the art board NEXT TO the one I have selected. Now I restarted, and now it only pastes on top of the original artboard I selected from, not the one selected. Absurd. At least I can duplicate artbaords in this instance, but... this time. Please, fix!
Lutzka Zivny commented
The solution that Jorge suggested below works for me, even on objects that hang outside the board.
When drawing the box around the objects to select them, you can start off board, but you have to end on board, if that makes sense. Then you can paste on another artboard like butter.
As long as you don't have global rulers on, of course.
Mica M. commented
I just stumbled onto this topic.
'Paste In Place' always works fine for me. But I think something is forgotten in this thread since no one mentioned it. The rulers need to be for the artboards, and not for the entire document.
So, go to 'View > Rulers > Change To Artboard Rulers'.
'Paste In Place' should work fine now.
Depending on the template your file is based on the rulers may use different coordinates. So; check them. And reset them to fit your needs.
Jorge Rosillo commented
Thank you for your comment and explanation Egor!
And while I get what you are saying, since I'm a bit familiar with the program, it is something I didn't really experience before my first comment, thus, the necesity for asking what's going on.
Lastly, the intention of my last response (which I posted sometime earlier, but seamed people were getting the same "problem", and didn't picked up on my "workaround" as you mentioned) was just to let people know how I do it so it may help somebody, instead of just saying whatever other things.
Thank you anyway for your concern Egor!
Jorge, it is not a 'workaround', it is an intended way it works :D
Ai remembers the local coordinates of an art copied, relative to the current artboard, and pastes it using these coordinates, into the other selected artboard. If one accidentally makes another artboard selected before copying, it surely picks up different coords.
But I get the frustration, it is exhausting to always make sure the proper tiny frame is black.
Thank for sharing the extensive instructions!
Jorge Rosillo commented
I found a "solution" to this problem, I concluded that the problem it´s due to some sort of trouble with the coordinates inside an illustrator file with multiple artboards, plus some problem with the act of selecting an object.
So what I´m doing is the following:
if selecting all the objects in an artboard, with the selection tool, click-drag to select all objects from outside the artboard > click any object INSIDE the artboard (as if selecting a key object, which is gonna happen) > then CMND/CTRL+C or CMND/CTRL+X to copy or cut objects > go to target artboard and click inside it > without clicking anywhere else, CMND/CTRL+F/B to paste either at the bottom or in front of everything.
and that's how I resolved it, this applies either if you are coping/cutting-pasting into a single file with multiple artboards or if you are doing so from a tab to another, and of course, when doing this both artboards must be the same size.
Let me know if this helped you!
Dustin Hansen commented
Paste In Place, Paste in Front, and Paste in Back no longer work for me - the objects are pasted in seemingly random positions, rather than keeping the original placement.
Running Illustrator 2023 v27.2 on M1 Macbook Air running Ventura 13.0.1
Daniel Garrido commented
The quick solution I found, is...
Before you copy your art, just create a "new" random object (square, circle, whatever works) in the same art you want to copy, then select the art with the selection tool or layer selection, and then Paste in Place or Paste in Front/back of the new art and then just delete the object you created.
It worked for me, I have tried many things, but this is the easier solution, not the best, but works every time.
Also Rebooting the computer works too, it seen to be something with the X and Y of the artworks and temporally files.
Solange Rivard commented
This is still an issue. Has anyone found a solution? @Adobe is this being worked on? A new/unique shortcut would help.
Nebojša Kuzmanović commented
Same for me. It usually takes few undos and repeated pasting in place in order to function. Most of the times it pastes objects to upper left corner of the artboard. Really annoying.
Art War commented
Same for me. Paste in Place is broken. It randomly works.
Same ole same ole
When it breaks for me, it posts to the original copied from artboard, not the current artboard. Really really frustrating when I have a looming deadline that was yesterday. Really, after 20+ years of this, I'm ready to learn one of your competitors. Stop with new features and make sure everyday basics work all the time. I swear Illustrator 6 was better than this.
eduardo asta commented
It happens to me also. It doesn't matter the OS or AI version. It never worked, but Adobe keeps saying the problem does not exist or it needs more info. Please, stop being lazy. The Jorge Rosillo post is from 2019!!!!! Solve the problem or kill the feature.
I'm using a MBpro 32MB OS 10.15.7 and AI 26.1.
Again: it is not a new problem. It has been happening for years...
This is indeed very annoying. It seems to be related with copying elements from different layers, as it works when all elements are on the same layer.
I've just run into this issue myself and discovered how to replicate and more importantly, avoid the issue.
When selecting objects on an artboard by clicking/dragging a selection box around the objects, AVOID YOUR SELECTION BOX GOING OFF ANY EDGE OF THE ARTBOARD. By doing this, the Paste in Place will work as desired when clicking the desired destination artboard and using the Paste in Place command (Shift + Cmd + V).
Hope that helps 👍
Dear Adobe Team,
Do we have any solution for the "Paste in Place" issue? I have updated to the latest version and still not helping. Still facing the same issue. Please help. Thank you
eduardo asta commented
It also happens with me. Pasting in place is an old issue. It has never worked fine.
I'm running the 25.2.3 version on a MacBook Pro i9 32GB OS 10.15.3.
There is a explaning video explaining bellow and I've sent more material by email.
Same issues in 25.2.3 on Mac os X 10.15.7 . So frustrating, Can copy and paste an object from one file to another file too.
Attached a screen rec for your reference.