How to use the Align Tool in Adobe Illustrator: Design Tips Post #4
Using the Align Tool in Adobe Illustrator
For Part 4 of our Mini-Design Series we will show you how to use the Align Tool as well as some of its options in Adobe Illustrator.
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Illustrator gives you many options for aligning your artwork. This can be a very useful tool to have in your design tool kit. These alignment options however, aren’t immediately obvious when you are using it.
One Alignment Tool, Many Options
Illustrator gives you a variety of options to align a shape or shapes multiple ways depending on what you need to accomplish. In this tutorial, we will go over the two most common options for using the align tool.
Part A: Aligning Shapes to an Artboard in Adobe Illustrator
When you create a document in Illustrator, the width and height you select determines your artboard size. This, in most cases, will be the size of your final print ready document.
Adobe Illustrator gives you the option to align shapes and objects to the artboard itself. This can be a great option if you need to center a shape, or align an object vertically or horizontally.
Part B: Part A: Aligning a Shape to a Selection in Adobe Illustrator
We just saw how we can use the align tool to align shapes to an artboard in Adobe Illustrator. But what if we have two objects within an Illustrator file that we need to align to each other? This is a common design occurrence when creating complex vector shapes.
For the second part of this tutorial we will go over aligning objects to a selection in Illustrator.
All of the other Align Options we previously went over in part 1 of this tutorial are also available for “Align to Selection” as well. The align tool is one of the more commonly used features in Adobe Illustrator.
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