I thought this would be an easy google but I can't find it anywhere.

Lets say I have 2 layers, A and B. They are both rectangles. I want them stacked on top of each other with 0 pixels in between so:

=  A  =
=  B  =

Is there a simple way to align the TOP of a layer (layer B) with the BOTTOM of another layer (layer A).

I would love to just drag objects in, horizontally center them, and then have them bump right up to another layer above or below it.



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...View turn on Snap, make sure Snap To Layer is one of the activated options in that same menu.

Positioning Elements with Snapping

  • Snapping is great and is what I use right now to get as close as possible. Unfortunately I have a ton of artboards and objects all over the place and the objects a layer chooses to snap too are ridiculous. Sometimes it wants to snap to some random layer 5 artboards over and refuses to acknowledge the closest layer by proximity. Thanks though! Aug 18, 2015 at 18:02
  • @ChrisShields in that case you might want to consider using the Layer panel's more extensive features to sort and group things to then activate and deactivate
    – Ryan
    Aug 18, 2015 at 18:03
  • I assume you mean, groups and such. I use a lot of groups, nested groups etc..., smart objects and synced library graphics. I don't like to disable every artboard I am not working on, as I jump between at least several of them at a time. Unless I am misunderstanding you? Aug 18, 2015 at 18:07
  • I haven't used it much but with new PS there's more sorting stuff where it says "Kind" can do some more advanced sorting and grouping. Combined with Ctrl+comma and it might help speed things up a little for you. Its hard to say without seeing your design and layer panel
    – Ryan
    Aug 18, 2015 at 18:09

As far as I can remember, there is no straight forward (select layers, click one button) way of doing this, but one simple solution of doing it is to pull a guideline that will stick to the bottom of object A and then drag object B toward the guideline which will make it stick to it. And there you have it.

  • Thats a shame. I have multiple artboards where I am dropping and adding blocks all over the place. Dropping and having guidelines all over the place would just create a mess. Ill just have to fine eye ball it like always. Thanks though. Aug 18, 2015 at 18:00
  • Well, after you align them you have no need for the guideline and you can just remove it.
    – Alin
    Aug 18, 2015 at 18:02
  • I guess so, just feels like a rather disruptive step in a workflow. I'll give it a shot anyways though. Thanks Aug 18, 2015 at 18:06
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    @ChrisShields if you're going to use this method then new PS has Guides From Layer. One of the first things I did was give that a shortcut, you might want to do the same.
    – Ryan
    Aug 19, 2015 at 9:34
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    @Ryan I assume you mean View->New Guide Layout? If so then yes! This is super handy. A combination of shortcuts and the guides will be the best solution still. I also checked out the "Kind" filtering, and although I didn't find it as handy for my current problem, its bloody brilliant and has helped a lot just in other mundane tasks! Cheers! Aug 19, 2015 at 10:57

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