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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How to center vertically and fill a background color to an Area Type Tool?

This is the Area Type Tool I've created: I'd like to: Center it (also) vertically, so if I resize the width/height area it will keep both the vertical and horizontal alignments Add a background ...
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How to align an object relative to another object?

Here's my two objects: I'd like to quickly place the selected (small) circle in the center of the gray one. So its aligned vertically and horizontally in the middle. How can I do it? What's the best ...
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How to center text in a small section of art board in Illustrator?

I have a text I wish to center, but rather than the whole art board, I want to center it to the half of the art board. That is to say I have split the art board in two, and I wish to center the text ...
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Distribute tool not working properly

Ok, I tried searching for this but did not find anything relevant. I am facing a weird issue in Photoshop. When using the Distribute Tool, the elements align in a weird manner. Here is an example - ...
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Grid distribution of objects based on their center

I am trying to align objects in Illustrator in a grid. (The grid must not show in the final image). I want the center of each object to be aligned vertically and horizontally, as if it were at the ...
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How do I make a hanging indent on right-aligned text in InDesign?

I am formatting a Hebrew bible in InDesign for my class, but I'm having trouble with making indents in a way that I can apply it to the entire copy. It currently looks like this: But I want it to ...
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What causes align to object to fail so incredibly?

(Ai 2014 CC) Edit: Specifically this is when copying and pasting from one file to another file. I'm using align to "Key Object" not align to "Artboard" What I find odd is that it moves more every ...
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How to center a shape with text under it?

TL;DR I want my pattern to be centered with the (dashed) outer circle, but I want the text to stay at the same position in correlation with the pattern/circle. I want the pattern to be centered to ...
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Object-based alignment guides in Illustrator

In InDesign, I never have a problem aligning objects in relation to other objects because the Guides always show me where each object's center points are: I would love to know how to do this in ...
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Misalignment / Dimensions between illustrator and Indesign [closed]

This should probably be posted on the Adobe forum somewhere but I thought I'd post it here as well. Curiousity has got the better of me. So I've noticed over multiple document types that Indesign ...
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How to place a set of object following a path in inkscape?

I have a set of 5 objects and I like to place them following a circled path, however, my attempts were wrong. This is what I have And this is what I want Note that the objects are rotated in ...
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InDesign: How to align text on inside panel of trifold brochure?

I know how to do it technically, but I am wondering aesthetically if the inside right panel of a trifold brochure should have the text right aligned so it goes with the edge of the page, or if I ...
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How to horizontally centre align image frame with of text frame in Adobe Muse for responsive design

I currently have an image and text both horizontally centre aligned, and I have set both to be responsive. When I change the width of the browser the text pushes down, but the image is still top ...
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Changing Keyboard Increment to 0.5px or less in Illustrator CC 2017?

Has anyone experienced issues changing their 'Keyboard Increments' to below 1px (in AI preferences)? I haven't been able to change this to anything below 1px, 1mm, etc. I would like to set it to .5mm. ...
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Merge a folder of images that don't have overlapping elements but do align at edges

In essence, I'm wondering if there's a solution on the Mac to solve a jigsaw for me. I have several folders of images scraped from a slippy-tile map and want to merge them together into a single image....
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In InDesign, how do I adjust the leading kerning for a paragraph?

I have a text box with two lines of text with different font size. The text is left-aligned, but due (I'm assuming) to how the letters' bounding boxes are defined the two lines actually do not align. ...
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How do I align objects within the key object?

What I'm trying to do is distribute an equal amount of space between the three objects while at the same time having them remain inside the key object. My problem is that when I select the horizontal ...
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IllustratorCC - how to align lines of text *along* curve? Not directly on path?

First question here, so hopefully I'm doing it right. I'm fairly new to AI - current graphic design student. I'm familiar with text along a path, but am still learning various aspects of the program. ...
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How to align objects relative to a circle in Inkscape?

I need to draw a circle divided into n sectors. The sectors can be equally sized, for example, 360°/n. My solution is based on the manual division only. I have drawn a circle and a sector; then the ...
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Problem with Grids,Alignment

I noticed something strange with Photoshop...I have an object and I want to align it lets say at X position: 1280! I set exactly that number and then all of a sudden it becomes 1280.50 px! I know .5 ...
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Cannot Even Find the Align to Pixel Grid Option in Illustrator! [duplicate]

I have a very annoying problem with alignments in Adobe Illustrator: my paths can move only on pixel grid and, so, it's very hard to align them to each others: I've read all recommendations how to ...
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Horizontally centering left aligned text visually on multiple pages

I am working on a book of poems. I need to make sure that the (left aligned) text running within each page is centred on the longest line. As far as I am aware there is no mechanism for doing this ...
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(Adobe Illustrator) Can't change Align Stroke attribute in objects created with Shaper Tool

Is it just buggy me or Adobe isn't thinking it's a necessary privilege?
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Center an image inside image frame with scribus

I have an image frame inside my document and I have set it up to scale the image down to fit within the frame however the image gets put on the left of the frame and not in the center. How would I ...
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Align 1,500 Time-Lapse Pictures

I took 1,500 pictures of a scene but unfortunately the tripod was not stable. When I rendered the video, it did not look good. I tried to aligning with the help of Photoshop, but wasn't successful. I ...
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Sketch: vertical text alignment

When working with Adobe InDesign it is possible to select how text will be aligned vertically: I am especially interested in having the text vertically centred and was wondering if this is also ...
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Can't seem to align text to coffee mug template using GIMP, the mug has two centers (one for each side) and this is causing difficulty

The image is of the mug guide template, I am trying to align text vertically and horizontally centered on each side. Made one layer, eyeballed the center and then duplicated it so I could do same on ...
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Align paths not in respect to horizontals or verticals but angled lines in Illustrator

I want to align two paths in illustrator which are tilted (I indicated the desired alignment with a grey dashed line). Alignment only works according to horizontals and verticals, but not in respect ...
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See stroke rather than the skeleton when manually moving a path in Illustrator

In Adobe Illustrator, I want to align paths to their outlines (ie including the stroke thickness) and not to their underlying skeleton. When I move a path with the mouse, I however only see its ...
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Illustrator: how to ensure equal distance between 2 objects and outer edge?

Let's say you have an oval shape, like a face. You draw one cartoon eye and want to duplicate it, but you want the eyes to be symmetrical on the oval - that is, the distance between the oval edge and ...
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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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Where exactly is text aligned in terms of the edges of the text?

For example, say I have an invisible rectangle that's bigger than a line of text inside it. If I now click align in some software, for example Microsoft Publisher, so that the text's vertical center ...
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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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Trying to align a text object to shape

I am using illustrator cs6. I am making a transit map for bus stops. I want to make sure that all the stop names are at the same distance from the stop symbol across the map, or at least on one route. ...
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Issue with 'Align to Artboard' in Adobe Illustrator

I drew a Polar Grid and tried to align it centre horizontally and vertically in the artboard. But it's aligning to somewhere else. Align to Pixel Grid is already unchecked. I'm not facing this issue, ...
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Can I have vertically aligned subscript and superscript with Word or LibreOffice?

The Arithmetical Hierarchy is an example where one in mathematics uses aligned subscripts and superscripts. When writing in Latex I e.g. write $\Pi^1_1$ to talk about a certain class of formulas. How ...
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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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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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Stop Illustrator from snapping to other artboards?

So i'm working in Illustrator and I when I move something it tries to align it to something from another artboard as opposed to anything in actually in my current art board. Is there a setting to ...
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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 center an object between two guidelines in Ai

I'm using the smart guidelines in Ai artboard and I'm using the align tools. My question is that "is there any way to move the object between the smart guidelines with the align tool?"
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InDesign CC: Text won't go to top of frame (checked all other issues)

I'm dealing with an issue where, when adjusting an existing text box (i.e. font and leading resizing), the text will not sit at the top of the frame where it was before. I've chased the following ...
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Photoshop: how to align multiple layers

I need 3 circles aligned straight. I draw a circle using Ellipse tool. When I draw a second circle, I either draw it in the same layer or I draw it in a new layer. The problem I am facing when I ...
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Aligning an object freely along a guide in Illustrator

I have a quick question regarding aligning objects to paths/other objects. Essentially, I have a rounded rectangle with max rounding so that a circle could perfectly fit at either ends. Consequently, ...
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Illustrator: Centering two groups according to an object in one of the groups

I think that the easiest way for me to ask this question is by illustrating it. So, as a simplified example, say I wanted to create a watch vector: I have created the hands (which is a group of thee ...
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Tips on aligning text with accents

I'm trying to align the following words (see attached screen capture). But the accent on the á is making it tricky. There’s always a space somewhere that doesn’t look quite right, etc. Any good-...
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Illustrator CS5: Evenly spaced stars along a curved path?

I am attempting to create a logo with stars along the outside of a circle in Adobe Illustrator CS5. Everything I have tried has distorted the stars. I have created an art brush and used that along ...
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Pixel Grid issues and aligning anchors in Adobe Illustrator

I cannot get my anchors to align properly, whether it's a new document or an existing one. Exact same issue as this, only now with CC, there doesn't seem to be a way to "uncheck align to pixel grid" ...
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Switch between key objects in Illustrator

When you choose align to a key object in Illustrator it automatically selects an object on the higher layer. If I want to select other object I have to select it manually, which is not comfortable ...
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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 ...