In this series, I’m showing you multiple ways to space your designs around the page and the pros and cons of each method. So far, we’ve covered using Snap to Grid and Snap to Guides. This time, we’ll use the Fill Page feature.
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Evenly-spaced designs with Fill Page
Have you ever heard of this feature? Many folks haven’t. But sometimes it’s just what you need. You’ll find it in the Replicate panel.
This one is really quick. You select your image, then click Fill Page there in the panel. The software makes copies for you and spaces them equally around the page, making sure to remain within your defined page size.
Pros of this method
- It’s 1 quick step.
- The feature is available in all levels of the software.
Cons of this method
- It’s only for duplicates, not different designs.
- You can quite often fit more on the page using other methods.
- You can’t define the distance between your designs. The software has an algorithm for doing it based on the size of your design.
- The software won’t rotate the images in order to fit more. You could define that with Nesting if you like but you’ll be doing more than the one step.
- When using text, the bounding box may be much larger than the actual letters (see why in this post). The software fills the page based on that box, not the actual letters. Here’s what I get when I use Fill Page with a font called Simplicity Angela that has some really tall glyphs (even though I’m not using them) and therefore quite a bit of space around the letters in the box.
Obviously, I could fit many more evenly-spaced text boxes on the page with another method.
In our next lesson, I’ll show you how to use some more Replicate options to space designs evenly around the page.
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