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Chapter 3. Creating Graphics > Using Snap Align

Using Snap Align

Snap Align is a new feature that enables dynamic alignment of art and objects on the Stage. Simply drag an object on the Stage and dashed lines appear that aid you in aligning to the edge or center vertices of other objects on the Stage. In the Snap Align dialog box you can set the distance objects to be from the movie borders and from each other before they snap. Additionally, you can choose to snap objects to edges or vertical and horizontal centers. Using the Snap Align feature enables you to lay out artwork more precisely and dynamically.

Enable Snap Align

Click the View menu, point to Snapping, and then click Snap Align.

A check mark appears next to the menu item when Snap Align is enabled.

Drag an object on the Stage.

Depending on the behaviors set in the Snap Align Settings dialog box, gray dashed lines appear when the edges or center vertices of objects move to within a certain pixel distance.

Configure Snap Align

Click the View menu, point to Snapping, and then click Edit Snap Align.

Select from the following options:

  • Movie Border. Enter a value for the distance an object needs to be before it will snap to the boundaries of the movie (in pixels).

  • Snap Tolerance. Enter a value for horizontal and vertical edge tolerance (in pixels).

  • Center Alignment. Select the check boxes to center alignment on horizontal or vertical vertices or both.

Click OK.

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