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 rule. It's used not just in typography but anywhere visual consistency is important, for example in designing icon sets - making icons with curves look neat ...
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 do this - pierce the baseline of straight edges. I had an article about this phenomenon, and why it happens, somewhere in my bookmarks but the link evades me at ...
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 exact same way twice. This even includes printers specifically designed for duplex printing. The nature of sheetfed laser or inkjets just does not allow for ...
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 selecting the top most layer where ever you click, regardless of what layer you have selected/transparencies. Try hiding the layers above what you are trying to work ...
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 the one in Indesign, this same method can be used to make one in those applications as well. You just gotta manually place the bullet •. Then you can adjust the ...
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 to Center" will be aligned with the center of the currently active artboard.
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 the text and apply Effect > Path > Outline Object. Then in the Preferences ensure Use Preview Bounds is checked and vertically align things. This will use ...
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 the "Align to" button in the Align panel also changed to a key icon.
You can also just change the "Align To" in the Align panel to "Align to Key Object" and it ...
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 exact same position for printing.
This is what they typically look like
I've never seen anything like this for home or office digital printers like inkjets or ...
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.
Don't believe me? Let me explain:
Consider this image:
Does the circle and triangle feel like they have the same weight to you? The truth is that they have the ...
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 superficial look, having two straight margins to your text seems very neat and ordered.
Also, again especially in science, there is inertia. 'This has always ...
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 bounding box of each glyph doesn't always work since glyphs have very different shapes; some having a lot of empty space within the bounding box, and some hardly ...
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 horizontal guides by percent
Make sure you have Gimp open with an image of some sort on the
Image > Guides > New Guide (By Percent).
If you don't see a ...
To tick off this option for a group of objects
Select all the objects with the selection method of your choice (or
more drastically, Ctrl+A to select all the objects in the
With them selected, open the Transform Panel (Shift+F8).
Tick off Align to pixel grid
If you don't see this option, then you might need to open the extended options. To do this, ...
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 within the circle's bounding box. It's not paying any attention to the actual center points.
The guides here represent the bounding boxes. (art shifts a bit when ...
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
Change alignment to fixed
Grap the handler at the bottom
Resize the text box, vertical alignment options will be active
When styling a button you can ...
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 to work very hard and maintaining the visual path through the text.
This isn't felt to any great degree when looking at short, one or two sentence, paragraphs. ...
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 hold the Shift key down as you drag with the tool. This ensures the triangle is straight.
Then create your circle and align the center of the circle with ...
In my opinion...
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 creates a "wobble" - a "hula dance" of a shape - that is unstable and unbalanced.
For me, full justification isn't much better but it is ...
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, then the vertical line
Now open Object > Align and distribute with setting Relative to Last selected
Align the objects according to needs:
To align the left of ...
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 in the ellipse.
Align top edges
Align the left borders of the diagonal line and the ellipse.
Align left edges
Snap to nodes or handles while drawing +
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 are UNCHECKED.
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,
Plus then you have the bounding box (BB) center which illustrator uses, but wait there is more, we have the minimal BB center and... Over 6 centers to ...
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 black bar and the group, then do Align: Centre on horizontal axis, and Align: Centre on vertical axis.
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, if you need or want direct access to each iteration, choose Object > Expand Appearance from the menu and you will be left with a collection of individual ...
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 intersect: the center of the small circle.
Create a vertical guide which snaps to the same point.
Create a horizontal guide which snaps to the intersection between ...
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:
After that, click this Button to disable Pixel Grid Snapping:
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
(the mogrify command is a part of ImageMagick)