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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.
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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
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