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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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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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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Readability and appeal of justified text

If I write a document that I have to hand in to somebody (a report, summary, draft, whatever) I usually justify the text because it seems more appealing (at least to me) if it all finishes at the same ...
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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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Does this poster convey femininity and multiculturalism?

This poster I made for our multicultural womens evening. It should represent femininity, multi-cultural and be an eye-catcher to get many women to our event. I know the colors are commonly used for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Should highlighted quotes in an article be aligned with the body text?

I am wondering whether quotes need to be included in text positioning. See example below: Is this correct? Or should the quotes be disregarded when positioning the text? What's the best way to ...
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InDesign: How do I automatically align the bottoms of different columns of text boxes to the same height as the one with the most text?

In InDesign, I have some filled text boxes, sized by columns, with the one on the left being three columns wide. The wide text box is most likely to contain the most text (it's an invoice template). ...
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Rectangle and circle shapes alignment/sizing

I am having a hard to figure out what are the right proportions between a rectangular and a circular shapes and how to horizontally align them. These two shapes are two icons but they always look ...
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Dealing with narrow form fields

When I put a form into a main content area, I often find it looks awkward. In a typical content area of between 600-700px (like on this site), how wide should your form fields be? Contact forms or ...
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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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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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How can I align a bunch of layers in Photoshop CS3 to a curve?

Is it possible to take a series of layers (say, icons of seats in a theatre) and align/distribute them all to a curve (so they appear as a row)? What I'm looking for is similar to "align text to ...
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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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Align 2 layers in PS by similar “points”

I have two different photos from the same place. One is old from the 80's and the new one from the current time. What I'm trying to achieve is to fit the photos over each other. I'd like to align ...
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Spacing objects equally in shape?

I've run into a little snag. I'm trying to distribute a two lines along the body of a square in Illustrator. This is what I want the lines to look like, this done by hand though it's not ...
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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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Aligning 2 shapes using a side or two points in illustrator?

Anyone know how to align 2 shapes using two points or one of the shapes side/path in Illustrator? I know there has to be an easy way to rotate two shapes and make sure their points align perfectly ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Specifying distance between objects in Adobe Illustrator CS5

As I'm placing items for a design, I find myself guessing a lot about positioning, usually I will take an item and everything else that might be similar I'll use align-left, or distribute-center. ...
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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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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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Illustrator CC zoom accuracy

As a former CAD draftsman I always found the snap function in Illustrator very inaccurate. But now in AI CC I find it even more inaccurate. Am I the only one? Is there something one can do in order ...
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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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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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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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Logo alignment on a certificate

I have a certificate that I am designing. Excuse the inconsistent text alignment. At the bottom, I have two logos. The red one is about twice as tall and half as long as the blue one. I am ...
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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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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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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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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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Change default stroke alignment in Illustrator

I can't believe that I couldn't even find somebody asking this question. I just signed-up to stackexchange to ask this... I know I can change the default appearance of objects in Illustrator. But is ...
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Object won't align central to artboard in Illustrator

I create a new file in Illustrator. 30 x 30 px. No stroke just black fill. I create a new rectangle 27 27 px I select the rectangle and go to the icon align to artboard I click to the icon Horizontal ...
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Flash: Align locked objects

So I am familiar with the align toolbar, and am attempting to get two objects to align centrally. The problem is that one of the objects is where I want it to be placed, and I want the other object ...
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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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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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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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Illustrator CS6 align objects keyboard shortcut

Is it possible to create a custom keyboard shortcut in Adobe Illustrator CS6 on OS X 10.8.5 to align and/or distribute objects (center/left/right/etc)? I know I can open the Align window, but I would ...
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How to center group based on one member?

I have a group of 2 objects a circle and a line. Looks like letter Q. I want to center this group, so that the circle will centered in a page and the line will maintain its relative position to the ...