This tutorial will teach you basic alignment
techniques used in Photoshop. I could only test this in
Photoshop 7, so I am not sure if it works for 6 or not. We
will discuss both the hard way, and the easy way of
alignment. You will find these incredibly useful when
creating images in Photoshop when you need to align objects
on the stage.
alignment | vertical alignment | verticle+horizontal
The "Secret" of Alignment
The following steps will help you learn how to align objects
First let us get acquainted with the tools we will be
using for this.
= Marquee Tool
= Move Tool
The first step to aligning in Photoshop is to use the
Marquee Tool from the tools panel and select the area
you will want to align your object to. I usually use
CTRL+A to select the whole canvas, but you can use the
marquee to select smaller areas, just make sure the object
you want to align falls within the marquee you create. Now
click on the layer that contains the object you want to
align. For the final step, go to Layer/Align To Selection
and choose the option you want.
What each thing does should be self-explanatory so I am
going to leave that at that and say we just completed the
"hard" way of aligning in Photoshop, now let's get to the
easy way. (Please note that hard and easy is dependant on
Ok, use CTRL+A to select the canvas (or the Marquee tool),
Now select the Move Tool from the tools panel. You
will see a panel towards the top of the screen that
displays the tools available options. It will look like
this (Please excuse the scaling down)...
Now you can use the tools highlighted in the image above
to align your image to your selection. Here are enlarged
examples of what these tool buttons actually look like and
what they do.
- Align Top Edge of Selection
- Align Vertical Center of Selection
- Align Bottom Edge of Selection
- Align Left Edge of Selection
- Align Horizontal Center of Selection
- Align Right Edge of Selection
Tah Dah! That is all there is to learning
how to align to a selection in Photoshop!