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How to align all objects in the center of the artboard using Illustrator?

Yes. Simply choose Align to Artboard in the Align Panel or Control Bar. Then click the various align buttons.
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Aligning letters "Wrong" appears more "Right"

Yup, these are legitimate things and they have names. "Visual alignment", or, "Optical alignment" This is the general principle - you're aligning by eye by what visually looks right, rather than by ...
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Aligning letters "Wrong" appears more "Right"

If you look at many fonts you'll notice that the curvature of the letter 's' pierces the perfect alignment of the baseline and of many other small letters. And as a general rule round shapes tend to ...
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What home printer would allow for exact alignment of front and back?

None. End user printers are not designed for perfect registrations. None of them. It should always be expected that paper will shift and move slightly and never be pulled through the printer in the ...
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Why can't the GIMP align tool select some layers?

I had been having this problem FOREVER and I just found a solution, even though the person I was talking to about the move tool made me actually figure out the problem. The alignment tool is ...
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How to align all objects in the center of the artboard using Illustrator?

In CC, press the pop-out menu to enable the additional options. Select "Show Options" Select the "Align To" button and choose "Align to Artboard." After that, any objects you select and use "Align ...
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Is there a way to align bullet point indent in InDesign paragraph styles?

First set Left Indent to where you'd like the text to start from and then set First Line Indent minus that amount. Even though Illustrator and Photoshop don't have a bullet point/list feature like ...
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Illustrator align to object without moving one of them

Once you've selected the objects you want to align, click on the object you want to align relative to again. You'll notice that object gets a thicker outline—it is now the "Key Object". You'll notice ...
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Align text in exact center (vertically and horizontally) without creating outlines?

Much of this is determined by the font file itself. Some fonts have extra leading built in which can cause odd vertical alignments. If you find you've got a font with the odd leading, you can select ...
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What home printer would allow for exact alignment of front and back?

The only kind of sheet fed printers I know of that can achieve accurate registration are printing presses. They have suckers to lift each sheet, and mechanical lays to push or pull the paper into the ...
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Aligning letters "Wrong" appears more "Right"

This is a technique called overshooting (or overhanging). The reason why we use overshooting is because the way we perceive things as humans (at least in terms of pure mathematics) is inaccurate. ...
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What are the main reasons for using full justification when ragged right is more readable?

The main argument I always hear (I work with scientists, and they say it a lot), is that it looks better at first glance*. For a lot of people, the ragged edge looks disorderly and chaotic. On a first ...
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Is there a general rule regarding font spacing?

It's called kerning, which is an additional spacing applied to specific pairs of characters1. The aim is to have a perceived equal spacing between glyphs. Mathematically equal spacing based on the ...
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How to find the vertical midpoint of a Gimp image or canvas?

After a few more minutes searching, I found the answer. So for anyone else who has this question I want to post a simple concise step-by-step explanation. Script-fu window for setting vertical or ...
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Why do triangles do this with alignment

Illustrator's align options use the bounding box as the area of definition, not the center point. Therefore, when you click the align buttons, Illustrator is centering the triangle's bounding box ...
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Sketch: vertical text alignment

Sketch only allows to vertically center text if they are fixed and do not using the native line-height of the font. This is how you can active the vertical alignment options: Create a text layer ...
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How do I handle large paragraphs of centered text?

Center aligning paragraph text is most often not a good choice. Human comprehension has been dutifully trained to view text in certain ways and when you center-align paragraph text you ask the reader ...
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Aligning three circle intersection equally

First create an equilateral triangle. To do so use the Polygon Tool and bring the number of edges down to 3 using the keyboard arrows. Tap the down arrow to reduce the number of sides. Make sure you ...
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When should center align paragraph text be used?

In my opinion... Never Center aligning is fine for headlines, sub-headlines, captions, figures, etc. However, for paragraphs there's never a reason for line-for-line centering. Line-for-line centering ...
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Join line and edge of circle

Align objects To align a line to the center of an ellipse left side we can use the Object > Align and distribute tools. Align the top of the diagonal line to the vertically centered horizontal guide ...
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How to align an object relative to nodes of another object in Inkscape?

What I would do in this case is the following: Select the two nodes relevant for alignment Choose Path > Break apart to generate a separate object from the vertical line. Select first the text, ...
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Object won't align central to artboard in Illustrator

I've had this problem before. If its the same thing I experienced...here's your answer...Make sure that inside your transform tool, your "Scale Strokes & Effects" and "Align To Pixel Grid" boxes ...
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Object won't align central to artboard in Illustrator

Windows → Align → More Options → Align to Artboard You're currently aligning with Selection, that's the issue.
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Why do triangles do this with alignment

Center of an arbitrary object is a bit diffuse concept. See there are four possible centers for a triangle. those are: Center of Gravity (COG), aka. Centroid, Circumcenter, Incenter, and Orthocenter. ...
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Illustrator: Rotate one object to align another object

Select square Activate direct select tool (a, white arrow, no this will not work with the black arrow*) move mouse to one of the corner points of the square. Once you snap to corner (be sure you have ...
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Inkscape: How to evenly space objects?

Use the Align and Distribute panel. Do the shapes first. Select them and Align: Centre on horizontal axis, then Distribute: Make horizontal gaps between objects equal. Group the shapes. Select the ...
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staggering line paths evenly in illustrator

Option One: An Effect Draw one path. Select it and choose Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform from the menu. Tweak the values there. (Note the settings in the screenshot below) Then,...
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alignment issues with logo design

Snapping circles can be tricky, but in this case you can use guides. Switch to View > Outline and do like this: Create a horizontal guide which snaps to the point where the three circles must ...
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Illustrator CC: Turn off align objects to pixel grid

If you want to disable it in Illustrator CC2017 follow the steps below since it was changed: First click this Icon in the top right Corner: Then click the following entry in the Menu that popped up: ...
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How to batch resize canvas of multiple files placing the original pictures in the centers?

I have received a perfect answer at another (non-English) site, let me publish it here for those who may have the same question in future. mogrify -extent 640x640 -gravity Center -fill white *.jpg (...
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