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Lesson 14. Arranging Layer Objects in Im... > Aligning and grouping text objects

Aligning and grouping text objects

Another quick method of lining up layers is to use the alignment buttons that appear in the tool options bar when you select the Move tool. This array of over a dozen different types of alignments and distributions provides a one-click, intuitive way to tidy up your Web illustrations so that they’re easy to understand and use.

1.
Select the Move tool () in the toolbox. Make sure that the Layer Select tool () is selected in the tool options bar.

2.
In the image window, select the Chocolate layer and drag it so that it aligns as follows:

  • The baseline of the text aligns with the lower edge of the topmost stone in the Main Logo layer group (the group with 100% Opacity).

  • The right edge of the text aligns with the right edge of the Brickwork layer set.

3.
In the tool options bar, select the Direct Select tool ().

4.
Starting above and to the right of the top line of text, drag a selection marquee that covers at least part of each of the five lines of text.

If you accidentally select one of the stone objects, either Shift-click the selected stone object to deselect it or try dragging over the text layers again.

5.
In the tool options bar, select the Align Layer Right Edges button ().

6.
Also in the tool options bar, select the Distribute Layer Vertical Centers button ().

The five lines of text are now right-aligned and evenly spaced.


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