Questions about alignment; the placement of elements in relation to other elements, or to a visible or invisible reference in the design. It's a gestalt principle, applicable to every type of design. Ask anything about alignment in graphic design.

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Center–align arabic text

Is it acceptable to center–align Arabic text and if so, is there anything I should take care of in this regard?
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How to align objects side by side with a specified distance between them in Illustrator?

I am creating an animated sprite list in Adobe Illustrator. I finished creating the sprites and used the Horizontal/Vertical Distribute Center commands to distribute the objects equally in some area. ...
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Is it possible to link shapes to a master shape, so that modifications to the master like repositioning, affect all linked shapes?

I'm using Illustrator CC, and I'd like to link some sub-shapes to a master such that modifying the master also moves the sub-shapes. Context: Octopus tentacles. I've got shapes for each tentacle ...
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Photoshop Batch Action - Relative Positioning

I am currently trying to create a batch action in Photoshop CS3 to re-size the canvas on images of varying dimensions and insert a text box in the new space at the bottom of the image created by ...
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How to distribute an equal amount of space between each object in Photoshop?

I'm using "Distribute Horizontal Centers" in Photoshop, but it might be the wrong tool for the job. I'm guessing Photoshop will be distributing the CENTER of each text object and aligning that, so ...
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parallel alignment

I had to do this in powerpoint but I'm wondering if there is an alternative program that does this well?I wanted to create a diagonal grid style of lines. It's actually a description of an alternative ...
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How to align all objects in the center of your art board using Adobe Illustrator CC?

Is there a simple shortcut to align all objects in the center of an art board instead of doing it manually?
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Why can't the GIMP align tool select some layers?

When I try to align various layers in GIMP 2.8, sometimes the align tool selects the entire image, not the layer I clicked on. It doesn't matter how many times I try, and closing/reopening doesn't ...
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How to batch resize canvas of multiple files placing the original pictures in the centers?

I have got some hundreds of pictures of different shapes. For example one is 600x600, another is 307x600, the third is 600x400, the fourth is 500x300. What I need to turn them all into 600x600 (or ...
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How to exactly align shapes in order to unite them in Illustrator?

I am new to Illustrator, I have been a Photoshop user for years. Im trying to combine a rectangle and eclipse shape. The issue I am having is that the rectangle doesn't seem to line up properly with ...
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Typing Middle Eastern (Right-to-left) text in Illustrator (NOT ME) [duplicate]

Is it possible to type Middle Eastern text (such as Hebrew and Arabic) in Adobe Illustrator CS 6 without the text being reverted to Left-to-right? (Obviously, I know that I need the ME version, but is ...
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How to create an inline horizontal navigation with mixed text and icon links that's easy to adjust, tweak and improve?

I'm cutting CSS and facing a problem, if I try to change the line-height, padding, margin of any of the last 2 items of the menu, other items will be affected. Here is the screenshot of my current ...
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How to copy an object to the exact same position across a guide?

I want to create a steering wheel, similiar to this: So I have started with the outer circle and given it a wide stroke, I am now on the middle bit. I have the following: Can someone please tell ...
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How to control alignment with a reference layer?

I am attempting to align the horizontal centers of background box here with the bookmark icon and associated text (all three are on separate layers). The problem I'm having is that when I select all ...
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How to distribute objects inside another object in illustrator?

I am new to illustrator and am struggling to find answer anywhere to this seemingly simple task... I am trying to align 3 narrow vertical rectangles inside a larger rectangle ( I am making a Trash ...
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Adobe Illustrator: Align by key object to artboard

I'm trying to align my main object to the center of the artboard while retaining the spacing of the objects. Whats the best way to do this? Basically I want the yellow box to be centered and the ...
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When to use “Align to Pixel Grid” in Adobe Illustrator?

The title pretty much says it all. Looking for pros/cons, and situations where it should / shouldn't be used.
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InDesign: aligning a horizontal line to an exact coordinate

I am trying to put a Horizonal line at Y: .9253 but cannot do it exactly by dragging it with the mouse. Is there a way I can punch in the exact Y value of the line's placement?
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Can we change the text align without moving the position of an object in illustrator?

Is there such an option we can turn on so when we change the text align of an text object the position of this object will not move in Illustrator?
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Join line and edge of circle

In Inkscape, what would be the best way to join the two nodes highlighted in red below? One is an end of the line, the other is the leftmost point on a circle (the horizontal line goes through the ...
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How to align an object relative to nodes of another object in Inkscape?

I'd like to align one object to the nodes of another object. In the screenshot below, I'd like to horizontally align the text below to the axis marker that's represented by the two selected nodes ...
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How can I separate seven wedges evenly

I am creating a seven wedge citrus fruit cross section. Is there a trick to getting all the wedges evenly separated? Or do I have to drive myself crazy doing it manually? I got this far by using a ...
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Aligning three circle intersection equally

I am having trouble aligning my objects and I just rely on my eye to have them aligned. What I really want is to have the three "red" intersection to be equal in size Please see image below. I ...
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InDesign text box column adding bottom gap

I'm having a problem lining up the text in my columns. The frames themselves are set to align top. The images below show examples of how the text will display eventually if the frame is lengthened ...
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How to align only a part of multiple objects to one point?

I want some arrows point to one specific point. Like this: How can I make it so the arrows point in one direction? I tried selecting every arrowhead with the direct selection tool, then via shift ...
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Alignment for report columns

I am currently creating a Crystal report, but having difficulty on how to align certain columns. I have a Social Security, employee_name, Check Number and Amount. I understand that the amounts ...
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Graphic containing vector and image content prints out of alignment [closed]

I have observed the following problem repeatedly while preparing figures for publication in journals. When the figure (created using the mathematics tool MATLAB) contains an image (raster) object ...
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Illustrator: How to accurately align shapes

i didn't really use Illustrator before, but i'm having troubles with some basic things such as aligning shapes together accurately. I'm using this auto-snap feature to align things but it's never ...
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Alignment and Gradients

I am pretty new to Photoshop and am trying to do 2 things. I'm pretty sure this is the right site for this question. How do I horizontally and vertically center a Layer, or Text or an Image on the ...
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inkscape - align edges sequentially?

I have a linear sequence of many same-sized rectangles. e.g. [----] (space) [-------] (space) [--] (space) [---] (space) [----------] I need all of the edges to be touching. ...
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AI - Adding properties to layers

I am exporting my image from AI as html and would like it to stay centered on the canvas as the browser changes size. I heard that you can add attributes to the layer by changing the name of the ...
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Why are my pixels not aligning to grid in Illustrator?

I have a small Problem that occurs from time to time. Sometimes, when I copy things or when I put an object from the symbol library on my page, the whole file gets messed up. The screenshot shows ...
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Aligning objects without them popping over

In Illustrator I can't align an object with a stroke with an object without a stroke. It keeps popping over out of alignment. How can I stop it from popping over?
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Copy, paste, move colored squares - but keep them aligned to the grid

I am developing a word game for iOS and would like to use an SVG file as the gaming board. The SVG file (author: Denelson83, Wikimedia Commons) is almost perfect for my game - except for displaced ...
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Shape Points Not Align in Sketch

For some reason after working with a shape for a little while, the transform the points (corners, edges, whatever) get out of alignment. Notice below in the rectangle in the middle.
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Changing text from 2-lines to 1-line - how to center the text field in a square again?

I am developing a word game for iOS and would like to use an SVG file as the gaming board. The SVG file (author: Denelson83, Wikimedia Commons) is almost perfect for my game - except that I would ...
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Center object A with object B

So in the picture below, you can see on the left (object A) and on the right (object B). I'm wanting to vertically center object A on the left of object B. Since object A is a weird shape, Illustrator ...
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How to align the boxes so that the space between them would be equal?

Aligning vertical centers: Aligning horizontal centers: How to align the boxes so that the space between them would be equal?
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White line down the center of my image when using reflect

I'm using Adobe Illustrator CS6. I can get you pictures if you need but here goes. I had a logo that I cut in half by removing anchor points, leaving me with just the left side. Then I selected all ...
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Horizontally distribute along path

How can I horizontally distribute objects along a path? Blend and Brushes don't work for me because they distribute objects evenly according to the distance along the path. I began by using the Blend ...
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How to align search icon, link and column header

Is there are general rules to align right-aligned elements on the page? Look at these screenshots: At this screenshot the search icon and the link are aligned to the right border of the "box", while ...
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Align lines in square

There are one square and two horizontal lines. I need this lines to be arranged in the square dividing it into three equal parts. Is it possible to do it without messing with pixels? How can I align ...
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Draw a grid for a Scrabble-like word game

In Gimp (preferrably) or Photoshop, how would you please draw such a board for a word game? I wonder how to: Draw a grid with equidistant lines for a 15 x 15 board? In the colored rectangles - ...
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How to disable Align to Pixel Grid in Illustrator [duplicate]

When I create a new document, this option is available, but how to disable it, when the document is already created? I can select shapes and disable it via the transform panel but not for newly ...
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Align objects by stacking (align top to bottom, left to right, etc)

This comes up a lot, so I'm wondering if there's a proper way to do this. Sometimes I want to create an object by placing two objects next to each other, for example, when drawing an arrow (or a ...
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Incremental moves/Snapping to grid close up

having some trouble on Illustrator CS4. I'm creating a metro map and am having trouble with items taking too much of a jump when I nudge them with the arrow keys. I've been through other threads and ...
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Why can I not align these two elements?

I am trying to align a text layer to the vector mask directly below it - the top two elements displayed in the Layers Panel in the below image. For some reason, with both layers selected - although ...
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Vector and bitmap images won't align in Inkscape, why?

I have created an image in Inkscape, it will be a label for a product so I needed it to bee of just the right size when it prints out. Now I have the core in vector drawing but I wanted to add some ...
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How can I place a guide a certain distance away from an object in Illustrator?

When designing in Photoshop I frequently place a guide a certain distance away from an object so that I can keep consistent spacing (e.g. all headings could have 40px of padding below them). In ...
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How can I use align to pixel grid without messing up the outline view in Adobe Illustrator?

In Adobe Illustrator there is the feature of using 'Outline View'. It shows you the wireframes of your objects so you can see that they are properly aligned. When I use 'Pixel Preview' I can see what ...