Aligning multiple images to create an 8X10 photo

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by haroldact, Jan 14, 2005.

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    haroldact Guest

    I am trying to create 8X10 wedding album pages for my sister. I have
    taken multiple images and created them as layers on an 8X10 background.
    My question is, how align these images. For example, if I had 4
    images on the page, I would like to align the top edges of the top two
    images, the bottom edges of the bottom two images, the left edges of
    the left two and the right edges of the right two images. Is there an
    easy way to perfectly align images with Photoshop? I remember seeing
    somebody do something so that images "snapped" to a specific set line.
    How do I accomplish this? Any suggestions/advice would be greatly
    appreciate. Thanks!

    haroldact, Jan 14, 2005
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    RSD99 Guest

    You might find it a **lot** easier to use a page layout program instead of
    PhotoShop ... they are designed to do exactly what you are trying to do.
    Think InDesign, PageMaker, Corel Ventura, Quark Depress, or even Serif's
    PagePlus if you have the chance. Some of those programs even have
    demo/trial versions that you could use to get this project "out the door."

    Set up some guidelines, and turn on 'Snap to Guides."
    RSD99, Jan 14, 2005
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    Peadge Guest

    There are at least a couple of ways to do this.

    You can select the Move Tool (V) and link the layers you want to align. When
    you do this all the alignment tools in the options bar at the top become
    active. Your scenario will involve multiple stages of locking and unlocking
    different layers.

    A better and easier way may be to place guides to where you want the edges
    of the images to be. To drag guides, make sure your Rulers are visible
    (CTRL+R or View > Rulers) and make sure Snap in enabled (View > Snap and
    Snap to > Guides or SHFT+CTRL+;). Move your cursor into the ruler area and
    drag out four guides--one each for top, bottom, left side and right side.
    SHFT_dragging will align the guides to the little "ticks" of the ruler.

    Then just click on each image (make sure Auto Select Layer is checked in the
    Options Bar) and drag it to the corner of your choice. It will "snap" to the
    guides, automatically aligning them!

    Peadge :)
    Peadge, Jan 14, 2005
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    bogus Guest

    Just a suggestion.

    You could make a mask with four cutouts where the images will be placed.
    That way you could move the images to get the best crop and all the pages
    would be exactly the same.


    Create a new layer and place it at the top of the layer panel.

    Select the entire image area and fill it with white.

    Create another new layer.

    Draw rectangles and fill with black exactly where you want the photos.

    Command + click on the layer with the black rectangles. (or use the wand
    tool to select all the black rectangles.)

    Click on the layer which is solid white to select it.

    Go to Layer>Add layer mask> reveal selection.

    If done properly, you can now place images on layers below the layer with
    white and the images will only appear in the rectangles.
    bogus, Jan 14, 2005
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    jjs Guest

    Link the layers you need to align. Then see the menu 'Layer - Align Linked'.
    It has several options to let you align by various parameters. It works
    very nicely.
    jjs, Jan 14, 2005
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