How to Use the Measure Tool in Adobe Illustrator

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If you have ever created a form or drawing in Adobe Illustrator, you probably wondered exactly how far away objects were from each other. You might be tempted to print your file and get out the tape measure, but you can measure right from within Illustrator using the measure tool.

  • Draw a few shapes in your document. Check that you have enabled a fill or stroke so that the objects show up on the screen.

  • Check that your objects are not selected.

  • Find the measure tool in the toolbar. The measure tool might be temporarily hiding under the eyedropper tool.

  • Open up your info panel.

  • Click on your measure tool, then click on the first object. Holding your left mouse button down, drag to the second object. Look at your info panel for the exact numerical information about your objects.

Tips & Warnings

  • Change the unit of display by going to "Edit" and "Preferences."
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