How do I stop Illustrator from snapping to pixel increments?

I am working in Illustrator (15.0.2 (CS5) or 16.0.0 (CS6)) and when I try to move objects small distances, they snap to the nearest two pixels on some invisible grid. I can’t find anything in the preferences. Here are some screen shots:

move issue


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Method 1

For new objects, turn off “Align to Pixel Grid” on the Transform panel.

transform panel

For existing objects, select them first, then turn off Align to Pixel Grid using the checkbox at bottom of Transform panel.

Method 2

It was driving me crazy too… you can deselect the Align to Pixel Grid checkbox on the Transform panel (shows up on “show options”), but new objects will always retain the snapping behaviour.

To turn it of permanently, click on the flyout menu at the top right of the transform panel then uncheck Align new objects to pixel grid.


Method 3

THIS HAS BEEN UPDATED IN VERSION 23.0.1 You have to turn OFF “snap to grid” behavior. The preferences for alignment of objects are in three DIFFERENT places:

  1. In VIEW menu uncheck “Snap to Point” (NOTE: this has moved in latest version to Preferences menu (see #3 below)
  2. In the TRANSFORM PALETTE un-check “Align to Pixel Grid”
  3. Other related options in PREFERENCES -“Disable Snap to Point”

How do I stop Illustrator from snapping to pixel increments?
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This has finally been updated by Adobe in the latest version of Illustrator v.23.01 and later.

Method 4

In Illustrator 2019, the snap-to-pixel toggle has been moved to a more convenient location in the top right of the application. It is the magnet icon connected to three vertical squares.

Snap to pixel in the top right of the Illustrator window

Clicking it toggles snap-to-pixel and the dropdown arrow to its right opens an advanced options menu with additional settings.

Pixel Snapping Options menu

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