Questions tagged [alignment]

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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Illustrator CC: Turn off align objects to pixel grid

I have inadvertently created an illustration with the align new objects to pixel grid turned on (not sure why it was on, I did not know or ever turn it on) and want to now scale the image. When I ...
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Aligning letters “Wrong” appears more “Right”

I'm currently working on a logo for a client. Here is the work in progress. It seems obvious to me that the S should align with the line above. I feel that the best way of aligning it however is to ...
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What home printer would allow for exact alignment of front and back?

Note: I'm not a graphic designer, but this seemed like the most relevant place to post. Feel free to send me off somewhere else if I'm not in the right place. I would like to make some notebooks with ...
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Align text in exact center (vertically and horizontally) without creating outlines?

In Illustrator, how do you align text in the exact center of a shape for example without creating outlines. If I go to center text using the align palette, Illustrator aligns the text to it's bounding ...
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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 vertically center text in a box in Illustrator CS5

How do I vertically center text in a box in Illustrator CS5? I cannot find a way to do that; in InDesign, it's a click away!
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Objects do not align precisely in Illustrator CC

I am trying to make a logo with a pattern of varied transparencies since the client wants a transparent png logo. No matter what I try, I cannot get the squares to line up perfectly. It looked fine as ...
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Adobe Illustrator: strange behavior while aligning objects

I am creating icons with Adobe Illustrator during which process I use the Align tool quite frequently. All of a sudden, the align tool started behaving quite strangely. When I select two objects and ...
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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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Is there a way to align bullet point indent in InDesign paragraph styles?

I've come across this quite a few times now. Whilst working on a long document with several areas with bullet points, it's obviously more efficient to style the bullet points using Paragraph Styles. ...
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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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Why do triangles do this with alignment

I know that a triangle's mathematical center is not it's "visual" center, meaning it doesn't look good when aligned using the align tool, you have to use alternative methods. (Such as creating the ...
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How to align several objects on the same x coordianate?

I have several objects with different x coordinates. If I select them all and transform them to a x coordinate Illustrator sets the x coordinates relative to the selection as a whole. I want to set ...
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How to align all objects in the center of the artboard using Illustrator?

Is there a shortcut to align all objects in the center of an artboard instead of doing it manually?
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Is there a general rule regarding font spacing?

Lately I've been looking into designing my own font. As practice I did some small family jobs, like I had created this design with 3 letters, the whole thing was pretty much a "custom font"....
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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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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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“Correctly” vertically center text in a box

Is there a canonical rule how to vertically center text in a box? Or, in other words, how to align a box around text? I could imagine three options based on typographic metrics (see my non-exact ...
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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 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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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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Illustrator: can I align an open path to either Inside or Outside

I'm trying to create a quotation mark, and am having trouble aligning my shapes. The top arc is the arc tool, but I can't figure out how to align the stroke to the inside of the line. Could you help ...
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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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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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Auto arrange irregular shapes inside of artboard [duplicate]

I have over 500 irregular shapes with different sizes on artboard, total area of them is less than artboar's area . align/arrange all of them and control overlaps manually is not possible , are there ...
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Illustrator: Rotate one object to align another object

Situation I need to match the red rectangle to the black lines. Problem I need to rotate the red rectangle at the same angle as the black lines. Question How can I adapt to the way the automatic ...
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Problem using the align tool

New to Illustrator. First time using the align tool. I'm trying to align an accent to a letter within a word. I'm trying to vertical align it to the letter, but I'm doing something wrong. I've tried ...
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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 it....
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Adobe illustrator: symmetrical editing of card indices (A, K, Q, J, etc.)

I have a set of playing cards in FXG format serving as asset for a Flex card game. However the indices of the cards are in English language: A, K, Q, J and my game is in a different language. My ...