Snapping simplifies the positioning of crop areas, selection areas, and layer content (pixel or vector) by 'magnetizing' areas or content to other content or page elements (guides, page edges, etc.).

Snapping for accurate crop and selection areas

To precisely create the above areas you can use snapping to position to previously placed guides or to the page edge itself.

Simply drag out your crop or selection area until its edge meets the positioned guide.

Snapping for vector lines, shapes, and text

Snapping causes images, brush strokes, lines, shapes, and selection areas to align to nearby grid lines, guides, margins, or spreads, or any combination of these. You can also snap to object bounding boxes, key points on shapes and to an object's geometry. Text can also snap to the baseline of other text (the first line only for text frames).

To help understand snapping behavior, colored dynamic guides and target nodes display when you snap to objects. The colors used are:

Snapping options

The range of snapping options.

Snapping candidates

Snapping candidates are page objects which are available for you to snap to. You can set how candidates are created using the following settings:

Snapping To activate/deactivate snapping:
To temporarily override snapping:
To exclude a layer/object from being a snapping candidate:

Snapping presets for vector layers

A powerful and comprehensive set of snapping options are available to you. To make snapping setup quick and easy, one of several snapping presets can be chosen which group recommended snapping options according to how you plan to work.

Snapping To select a snapping preset:
  1. Click the Snapping option's arrow.
  2. From the Preset pop-up menu, select a preset.
Snapping To customize a snapping preset:
  1. Click the Snapping option's arrow.
  2. Select a preset on which to base your new snapping options.
  3. Check individual options on/off to override the current preset's options.

The options will be in effect immediately.

Presets menu To save as a custom preset for future use:
  1. Click the button adjacent to the Presets pop-up menu.
  2. Select Create preset.

The custom preset is in effect immediately.

Snapping options for vector layers

Individual snapping options can be switched on or off to suit your needs, drawing style, and the project you are working on. The preset that you initially adopted will be customized in the process.

The following options are available from the pop-up dialog: