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Using CS6. My canvas is larger than my layer, and I would like to position the Layer in the middle of the Canvas.

I have the "Snap To" options in the view menu set to all three: Guides, Layers, Document Bounds.

Yet when I move the position of the layer, it doesn't "Snap" anywhere.

When I click the "Layer" menu, the "Align" submenu is greyed out.

How do I align my layer in the middle of the Canvas?

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  • Select the Move Tool.
  • Select the layer you want to center.
  • Press Ctrl / Cmd + A to select all. (This creates a selection the size of the canvas which you can then align the selected layer according to.)
  • Use the Align vertical centers and Align horizontal centers buttons in the top tool bar or use Layer > Align Layers to Selection > Vertical Centers and Layer > Align Layers to Selection > Horizontal Centers.
  • Press Ctrl / Cmd + D to deselect all.

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  • On step 2, once I have selected the Layer, I have already selected everything. It's just a layer in front of an empty canvas. Step 3 doesn't select anything else. Since only the layer is selected, the Align buttons are greyed out. One cannot select the canvas as an object. Feb 2 at 23:46
  • I just tested this. Works for me. By "select layer" I mean make sure it's highlighted in the Layers panel. By "select all" I mean press that keyboard combination to make a walking ants selection. I'll post a gif, wait up.
    – Wolff
    Feb 2 at 23:49
  • @MicroMachine, updated with a gif. And removed the part about this not being logical. It is actually. Once you have "selected all", meaning made a selection the size of the canvas, the layer can then be centered according to that selection.
    – Wolff
    Feb 2 at 23:55
  • Thanks, it worked. What is "not logical" is that the smart guides wouldn't work to achieve this while they are checked... Feb 3 at 1:52
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    oh..... that white pasteboard would drive me nuts :) 😀 😱
    – Scott
    Feb 3 at 3:44

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