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How to Perfectly Align Objects

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Hello Everyone! Monica here with another Fun Tutorial! We are going to be talking about perfectly aligning objects on your scrapbook page! For this tutorial I’ll be using Photoshop CS 6. I have tested these instructions in PSE 11 and they will work. I’m going to be using Life is a Highway Kit and Life is a Highway – Alpha Pack AddOn by Connie Prince for this Tutorial.

Introduction

I don’t know about you but I struggle with aligning things on my page. I want my letters to be aligned perfectly. Or maybe I’m doing a blocked page and want the blocks on my page aligned perfectly. Well today I’ll show you how I do this!!

Step One — Getting Started

For the example today I’m going to show you how to do this with alphas. Go ahead and open the alphas you want to use. I’ve opened them and arranged them to say Road Trip.

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As you can see they are not aligned at all.

Step Two — Alignment buttons Explained

Lets start with Road, I want the bottoms to be aligned. So to start I will select the letters in the word Road.

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Now if you look up top you will see some alignment buttons.

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In PSE 11 you will look at the bottom.  To see these you need to make sure you have the Move Tool selected!

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Each one does a different thing. I’ll show you each one then I’ll show you how to align the letters.

1st button — Align Top Edges

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Here is what it does

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2nd Button — Align Vertical Centers

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Here is what it does

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3rd Button — Align Bottom Edges

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Here is what it does

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4th Button — Align Left Edges

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Here is what it does

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5th Button — Align Horizontal Centers

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Here is what it does

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6th Button — Align Right Egdes

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Here is what it does

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7th Button — Distribute Top Edges

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Here is what it does

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8th Button — Distribute Vertical Centers

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Here is what it does

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9th Button — Distribute Bottom Edges

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Here is what it does

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10th Button — Distribute Left Edges

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Here is what it does

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11th Button — Distribute Horizontal Centers

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Here is what it does

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12th Button Distribute Right Edges

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Here is what it does

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As you can see each one is a SLIGHT change from the one before.  In PSE 11 these buttons have the same effect.  They are labeled in PSE 11 but not in PSCS6.

Step Three — Aligning your letters

So here is what we will do. Highlight each of the letters you want to align.

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If you want them to be aligned at the bottom you click the align bottom edges button. This is what I want to do so I clicked it.

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Now you see that all of the letters are aligned at the bottom edge. Now I want to space them evenly. So I need to click the distribute horizontal centers button.

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You see it made small adjustments but it’s perfectly spaced!

Now I also want to push my letters together so they are not so far apart so I just move them with my arrow keys by selecting each letter and moving it. Then I can adjust the horizontal centers again.

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Now I will do the same thing with Trip.

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One of my personal things is since a lower case p should hang below the line I like to move it down so it looks like it is hanging below the line. To do this I move it way below where it needs to be.

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Then I select the P and the R and use the align top edges button and it pulls the top of the P up to the same level as the R.

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Now I am ready to put it on my page!

Here is my finished layout!

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Final Thoughts

These alignment tools can be used for a variety of things. And you can even align you letters then tilt them or move them above other ones and arrange them so they layer over each other. The options are endless!

Thanks for reading this tutorial! I hope you have enjoyed this!

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