Enable transform tool to move elements by a specific measurement (Move Dialog)
I am a pattern designer and it would be so helpful if the Properties panel, you could type in a measurement into the transform tool, to make your elements move a specific amount that you designate. For example if I have an element on the left of my screen and I want to duplicate it and move it to the right to make a repeating pattern — let’s say I’m using an 8” screen size — it would be wonderful to add to the x or y numbers +8” or +4”, etc.
This would be a great feature for surface pattern designers. Thank you for your consideration!
Marc Bates commented
I could definitely utilize this feature for specific measurements when I do fashion pattern making.
I make seamless patterns in Illustrator for IPAD, and we need a move tool just like in the desktop app. When I want to move an object on the artboard to line up objects along the other edge of the artboard, I can’t move it exactly where I need it to be. For example, my artboard might be 9 inches by 9 inches. It would be nice if ILLUSTRATOR IPAD made it so that I can use the object’s current position, and add the distance I would like to move it (such as 0.985 + 9) on the x or y axis. This allows me to line up my objects along the edge where my pattern repeats. If my object is at 0.985 on the x axis, but I want to move it 9 inches over to the other edge, there needs to be a tool that allows me to add 0.985 to 9, submit, and move my object to align exactly on the edge of my board.
Allow any object to be moved precisely by indicating numerical measurement, similar to transform tool in desktop version.
Yes please, also the increase/decrease is currently fixed by a constant value, meaning that depending on the resolution of the artwork (picture imported) a tap on plus or minus would work more or less. If the resolution of the image is low, this feature cannot be used at all as 1 pixel increment in vector art at low resolution may be too much. With high resolution images it may be too little.
The solution is simple, give us control to select that increment value when tweaking values inside Property/Values.
Let us select the ratio so we could say we need to work with 0.05 as the value to increase or decrease; or 5 if we do need this. Power and freedom. This is such as small tweak, you have this value already within your function, just need to display it and allow us to change it as we need.
Please also allow us to be able to use the Property values with points as well and not only with objects.
Pen tool - better guide functionality, i.e. in desktop holding shift will allow you to draw a 45, 90deg straight line.
Transform tool - desktop version allows for a selected object to be duplicated then moved by a specified measurement from the position of the original object, while iPad version transform moves it by measuring from the edge of the art board.
Specific example, i create clothing patterns by drawing a cross to use as a point, then using the transform-duplicate-move function to plot the next point by the measurement specific to the mm, continuing this process to plot the whole garment. This is measuring point A to point B, B to C etc, then it can change to Point A to point E etc… So measuring from one static point (i.e. edge of the art board) is not practical. Once all the points are plotted i connect with the pen tool to draw the outline of the pattern. Currently this seems difficult, if not entirely possible given that it’s hard to draw a true straight line or line at a 45/90deg angle, as straight lines and angles are crucial in pattern making for clothing.
Make the transform object tool preciously for moving objects with the precious number of pixels. So you are able to make a seamless pattern with illustrator on the iPad. Like how the move tool in illustrator desktop is working by clicking “return”
Select the object with the move tool then you can move the object.
Don’t move the art board when I use “move tool”. I only want to move the object. Please!
When creating my patterns, I use the move tool in order to copy items from each edge to the other side in the exact same place. Having this tool would be extremely helpful in letting me create patterns without being on a desktop. Thanks!