- Understanding Vector and Raster Graphics
- Understanding Paths
- Selecting a Drawing Mode
- Creating Pixel Aligned Objects
- Creating Rectangles and Ellipses
- Creating Polygons and Stars
- Creating Line Segments
- Creating Arcs and Spirals
- Creating Grids
- Using the Shape Builder Tool
- Creating Perspective Objects
- Working with Perspective Objects
- Customizing a Perspective Grid
- Understanding Selections
- Using the Selection Tool
- Using the Direct Selection Tool
- Using the Lasso Tool
- Using the Magic Wand Tool
- Selecting and Grouping Objects
- Selecting Similar Objects
- Saving and Editing Selections
- Moving Objects
- Duplicating Objects
- Aligning and Distributing Objects
- Transforming Objects
- Using the Free Transform Tool
- Rotating and Scaling Objects
- Reflecting and Shearing Objects
- Applying Multiple Transformations
- Reshaping Objects with Envelopes
- Using the Transform Panel
Aligning and Distributing Objects
In addition to using grids and guides to align objects to a specific point, you can align a group of objects to each other. The Align panel buttons make it easy to align two or more objects relative to each other or to the page. To evenly align several objects to each other across the document, either horizontally or vertically, select them and then choose a distribution option. Before you select an align command, specify how you want Illustrator to align the objects. You can align the objects in relation to the document or to the selected objects. If you want to align all the objects to another object, you can select and use a key object, before you select an alignment option.
Align or Distribute Objects
Select the Selection tool on the Tools panel.
Select two or more objects to align them or select three or more objects to distribute them.
Select the Align panel or click Align on the Control panel.
Click the Options button, and then click Use Preview Bounds. A checked option uses the object’s stroke weight and any applied effects when aligning or distributing.
If you want to align objects along the edges of the artboard, click the Align To button on the Align or Control panel, and then click Align to Artboard. Objects are moved on the artboard based on the alignment or distribution command to the closest edge (top and bottom, or left and right).
If you want to align objects to a key object, click an object to make it the key object (a thick blue outline appears and the Align To Key Object option is selected in the Align and Control panel).
Use the alignment and distribution buttons on the Align or Control panel.