The align tool can be found along the top tool bar (in blue below) in both V2 and V3 (and Designer Edition). When you click on it you get this whole window down the right side that includes about 10 different ways to align.
The most common question I'm asked about aligning is how to get one design exactly in the center of another - evenly on all side. This is actually the easiest way to align.
The first thing you need to do is make sure that your 'inner' design (a three letter circle monogram in this case) is completely grouped. To do this select the entire design > right click > group.
Then move the group into the shape that you want it in the center of (a circle in this case).
Now select both the circle and the monogram. From the align tool window click the very top option "Center." This puts the monogram exactly in the middle of the circle. Easy peesy.
Grouping is key to aligning because it determines what will be aligned and how. As you can see there is a big difference between what his centered when it's grouped vs. not grouped.
Aligning top, bottom, left and right are pretty self explanatory, but it's the aligning horizontally center and aligning vertically middle that tend to hang people up...or maybe it is just me?!
Aligning a group of words or designs "horizontally in the center" means the middle of all of the words of designs will be centered on the vertical axis. (Perhaps that's where the confusion comes in.)
If you type out all of your words in a single text box you can obviously just center the text like with the text tool...but if you have a group of words that each have their own text box, you'll want to select each of them and then click the "Align Horizontally > Align Center" option to line them up.
But if you have a horizontal row of words that you want aligned so the middles are all lined up exactly, you want to align them vertically. I knew I wasn't the only one getting confused...but you are still with me, right?
Selecting all of the words and picking "align middle" from the Align Vertical window will move all of the words on the same horizontal axis. In this case clicking 'align top' or 'align bottom' would have given us the same result.
To make the words each evenly spaced I keep them all selected and click "space horizontally." You'll see that 'vertical' is shifted slightly to the right, but is still perfectly aligned on the horizontal axis.
And one final note, Center to Page puts whatever you have selected in the exact middle of your work area. Just be sure you have grouped everything properly before you do this or you'll have a big jumbled mess centered right smack in the middle of your work area.
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