Warning, Your Illustrator objects will fall off the edge of the earth….

You’re plugging away in Illustrator under a tight deadline, proceed to position some artwork then BAM!

Can’t move the objects. The requested transformation would make some objects fall completely off the drawing area

Commence trying a myriad of corrective measures then BAM!

Can’t move the objects. The requested transformation would make some objects fall completely off the drawing area

This warning still arises for me every so often even with the current version of Illy

It can be frustrating, but once you understand why this warning is popping up, you’ll never forget how to squelch that little bastard.

Chances are at some point during your work on the art-board,  you grouped artwork objects along with a guide(s). You then deleted said guides using the Direct Selection Tool (little white arrow) as opposed to the Selection Tool (little black arrow). This left little stray points from the deleted guide(s) grouped with your artwork somewhere in the stratosphere, hence the warning.

Banish this issue by simply selecting:

View > Guide > Clear Guides

Cheers,
Chris Sagert


 

Architect, Simon Farsi saw this post and dropped me a line sharing some additional wisdom and a nifty fix if the error is due to an imported CAD software file:

“There are situations where the artwork itself is too large for the drawing area which may happen when graphics are exported from other CAD software, e.g. when auto cad or sketchup creates a 100 meter wide facade which is outside of the drawing area when the file is read by illustrator.

That particular problem can usually be countered if you create a new shape within a drawing board and use it as a clipping mask. This lets illustrator “forget” about the parts of your artwork outside of the drawing area so that it can be scaled down.”

Fantastic! Thanks Simon!

 

 

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Nicolereply
July 21, 2011 at 11:07 AM

You are an angel sent from above. THANK YOU!

muangmasreply
January 26, 2015 at 08:01 PM
– In reply to: Nicole

Thank you so muchhhhh!!! I think I must do all of my work again .. so THANK YOU!

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Brenna Vaughanreply
February 20, 2012 at 08:02 AM

You are awesome 🙂

alexreply
March 04, 2012 at 04:03 AM

thanks much for this one 🙂

Mollyreply
March 22, 2012 at 12:03 PM

THANK YOU! (Sigh of relief.)

Cemilreply
March 28, 2012 at 12:03 AM

Thanks.. I’ve ungroup all layers and release isolated objects (because some objects isolated in some squares and this isolated objects are trying with my movement to outside of illustrator zone) and after that delete this layers… Im free now 😉

Chrisreply
May 14, 2012 at 06:05 AM

Awesome, saved me a lot of stress. Thanks.

gianreply
July 18, 2012 at 07:07 AM

dude! you saved me! thaaaaaanks!!

Suky Jennyreply
September 14, 2012 at 04:09 AM

thank youu. help me much

Linareply
October 17, 2012 at 02:10 PM

Saved my day! Thank’s!!

Jakereply
October 25, 2012 at 05:10 PM

Thank you for taking time to explain this. You helped the internet reach more of it’s potential!

Alanreply
January 17, 2013 at 03:01 PM

You nailed it. The scenario and the solution.
Saved me too.
THANK YOU!

peterreply
February 26, 2013 at 02:02 AM

hero!!!!!!

Luisreply
March 01, 2013 at 09:03 AM

Almost two years after your post and you’re still saving us, thanks!

Jessicareply
March 08, 2013 at 01:03 AM

Good one! Thank you this was so frustrating!

Sufistareply
April 05, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Hey thanks for posting this, like everyone else fixed my issue. Cheers.

Lauren Greply
April 08, 2013 at 06:04 AM

Thanks so much! fixed the prob!

ALBINreply
April 11, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Thank”””’s a lottttttttttttttt thank you

nishitreply
June 25, 2013 at 12:06 AM

that was a great help dude. Saved my day

lucareply
July 04, 2013 at 03:07 AM

i love you, thanks :’D

Carla Rreply
July 09, 2013 at 05:07 PM

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chrisreply
July 18, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gerlireply
July 31, 2013 at 06:07 AM

😀 ..thanks

ibaadreply
August 29, 2013 at 12:08 PM

THANK YOU SO MUCH !!!

Fabricioreply
September 21, 2013 at 09:09 PM

THANKS MAN!!!!!!

Tonezreply
December 03, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Thanks heaps. Never would have thought of that! Saved me a LOT of hair.

Amyreply
December 13, 2013 at 10:12 AM

OMG, I want to kiss you. That has been pissing me off for DAYS!!!

Rachel Justicereply
December 30, 2013 at 03:12 PM

THANK YOU CHRIS!!!!!! You saved all that hard work!!!!!!!

Janreply
January 02, 2014 at 07:01 AM

All of the above 😛

edareply
January 04, 2014 at 12:01 PM

thank youu i have searched it for two days

Laurareply
March 03, 2014 at 11:03 AM

You saved my life! Thank you so much

Glennreply
March 06, 2014 at 10:03 AM

You are a great person.

hECTORHectorreply
March 13, 2014 at 11:03 AM

I was about to flip over my desk. Thanks, yo!

daiareply
April 09, 2014 at 06:04 AM

you are still saving lives.. thank u!

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April 17, 2014 at 01:04 PM

You are the most awesome person in the world right now!

rachelreply
May 02, 2014 at 01:05 AM

one more life saved – thanks!!

tabzreply
May 18, 2014 at 10:05 PM

thank you so much ….

Whitneyreply
June 24, 2014 at 10:06 AM

THANK YOU!!!! You win!

Deji Bestreply
June 26, 2014 at 02:06 PM

I’m not one to post comments but mate cheers

Kristi Stewartreply
June 27, 2014 at 01:06 PM

BLESS YOU!!!!!

Catereply
June 27, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Thank you very much for the laugh and the solution!!!

Adelereply
July 25, 2014 at 07:07 AM

Thank you SO MUCH and it’s so easy. Never to be forgotten.

Joyreply
July 28, 2014 at 02:07 PM

Thank you! Problem solved. =)

Danreply
August 01, 2014 at 06:08 AM

THANKS!!! What a stupid issue!

Tuulireply
September 25, 2014 at 03:09 AM

Thank you so much! 🙂

Sharonreply
October 08, 2014 at 10:10 AM

I’ve explored multiple options to fix this problem and your solution is the only one that has worked. THANK YOU so much for posting!

Richreply
November 21, 2014 at 08:11 AM

Thank you so much!

Marainareply
December 25, 2014 at 09:12 PM

THANK YOU. Appreciate it.

Tomoroboreply
January 06, 2015 at 10:01 AM

2015 now and you just saved me. I had to join in the glorious chorus of praise! Thanks!

Simon Farsireply
January 13, 2015 at 05:01 AM

There are situations where the artwork itself is too large for the drawing area which may happen when graphics are exported from other CAD software, e.g. when auto cad or sketchup creates a 100 meter wide facade which is outside of the drawing area when the file is read by illustrator.

That particular problem can usually be countered if you create a new shape within a drawing board and use it as a clipping mask. This lets illustrator “forget” about the parts of your artwork outside of the drawing area so that it can be scaled down.

Jorgoreply
March 24, 2015 at 12:03 PM

I still cant get it. Im trying to tile a 338″wx98″ file to print on a 60″ printer. files were built by client with large areas outside of the pdf’s view, I can see the bounding boxes out side, even though artwork is only visible within the page.

i’ve created clipping masks on the first two thirds , pasted them into a smaller file 60×98, and worked fine. then on the last of three, it’s giving me the warning that cant paste the objects. the requested transformation would make some objects fall completely off the drawing area… so frustrated.. reverted the large file to it’s pdf, went into guides and release and clear guides are both greyed out. I know this is like a bay signal in daylight, but maybe there’s someone who can help. (CS 6)

April 02, 2015 at 06:04 AM

OMG!
Thank you very very much!

Bluereply
April 10, 2015 at 08:04 AM

Another life saved!!
Thank you thank you, and even more thank yous!

Coryreply
May 12, 2015 at 05:05 PM

Thanks bro, I was pulling my hair out until I found this page.

Bishkek_Kyrgyzstanreply
November 04, 2015 at 08:11 PM

If the exported file from Corel Draw comprises guide – they are not visible in Illustrator. And just cause this error. Before you export a file you want to remove all guides to the file. Just today, I faced with such a problem. Thanks for the advice. (sorry for mistake – google translate)

Weslyreply
November 16, 2015 at 09:11 AM

Thank you so much,
the second solution brought me to a clue.
zoom all the way out to it maximum, look at the dots at the sides of the project.
click and delete it. as simple as that.

oliviareply
March 24, 2016 at 03:03 PM

you are amazing and i love you

Juan Duquereply
May 02, 2016 at 09:05 AM

That was it. Brilliant! Thanks for posting this!

sashareply
September 14, 2016 at 07:09 AM

THANK YOU! Sept 2016, please never remove this from the internet <3

Nela Dunatoreply
September 22, 2016 at 03:09 AM

So many years after posting this article, it still saves the day! (It saved mine.)
Thanks!

Jenareply
October 26, 2016 at 09:10 AM

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS!!!

Taireply
March 13 at 12:03 PM

Thanks for saving a gall’s life! And her computer from getting hit with a cookie!

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