Align and Distribute Tools2:53 with Ashley Burke
Adobe Illustrator has many different tools to help you create your designs. Use the align and distribute tools to put your elements where they need to be.
Don't forget to check out the Downloads tab for your project files
Select all of these. 0:01 And, if we wanna make sure that the space is distributed 0:03 evenly, bring up to Window > Align. 0:09 And bring up these Align tools. 0:13 These are also available in the Control Panel. 0:16 If I hit Align right here, that's another way to access this panel, so 0:19 you could do either one. 0:23 And we want to vertically distribute this center, I believe. 0:25 Oop, not that one. 0:30 So, actually that is correct, but 0:32 right now what's happening is it's aligning to the art board, 0:34 and we want it to distribute between the selection, not within the art board. 0:39 So, I am gonna hit Undo, Edit > Undo Align. 0:43 So Edit > Undo, anytime you hit Cmd+Z, you are gonna undo what you just did. 0:47 It's a fabulous, fabulous tool. 0:53 And let's try that one more time. 0:56 So we need to set our target rather than to align to the art board, 0:59 we want it to align to the selection. 1:04 So, align to selection. 1:07 And now, we'll do vertically distribute center. 1:11 Awesome. 1:14 So, it's distributing between here and not using the artboard as the reference. 1:14 Next, we need to have a place for our logo. 1:25 So, our logo is gonna be located up here in our header. 1:28 And I just need to have a placeholder for that. 1:34 To do something different, we can use a rounded rectangle. 1:37 Okay. 1:41 So I'm gonna click off. 1:45 Now I want this logo box to be 1:52 centered within my header. 1:57 And again we can use these align and distribute tools to help us do that, and 2:02 it's a little bit different so I'm gonna click my logo box. 2:03 I'll click the header. 2:04 These are the two objects I need to have relate to each other. 2:10 But I want the header to be my target, so I'm gonna click it one more time. 2:15 I don't have to hold anything, 2:20 I'm just talking it one more time and 2:24 I assign that as the target. 2:29 And now, I'm going to, yeah horizontal align center and 2:32 then I also need vertical align center. 2:35 Perfect and it's using the header as the target. 2:37 So that's a really great handy too. 2:40 And so you can see what's happening here. 2:43 It sets align to and this time we have set a target or key object. 2:47 As opposed to the art border selection. 2:49
You need to sign up for Treehouse in order to download course files.Sign up