If you’ve ever tried to align shapes and/or photos on your page by “eyeballing it”, you know how frustrating that can be. There are tools in Photoshop (and Elements!) that allow you to easily align things on your page with a quickness! Here I have several shapes (colored boxes) on a white canvas with a spot for a photo (the light gray one) and I want them all nice and neat and aligned on the page.
Now click on the first shape in the row and make sure your move tool is selected
Now select all the shapes/photos in the layer palette that you want to align. I’ve got the first 4 shapes selected. In Photoshop we’re going to look up at the top and see these funny little icons up there:
Because these shapes are being staggered across the page horizontally I’m going to click on this icon:
I know! It’s backwards! But that is what will align the shapes with even spacing between them across the page… see?
My title work isn’t centered with the shapes, and I want to horizontally align everything so it’s all nice and straight:
So I’m going to click on this icon:
Now everything is nice and straight and evenly spaced and perfect!
Going the OTHER way… up and down instead of across…
Same process, but we’re clicking on this icon instead to evenly distribute the shapes vertically:
And clicking on this icon to center them vertically:
Nice and straight and even!
If you have PSE, you’re going to use the exact same process. This is what the icons look like in PSE8:
Hopefully, you get some use out of these tools! I use them all the time in my designing and in my scrapping and they make it all so much easier