aligning objects

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by KK, Aug 17, 2005.

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    KK Guest


    I'm trying to create a picture (Photoshop Elements 3) with 6 identical
    images arranged in a 3 x 2 pattern.

    I've created the original image in the background layer, then copied &
    pasted it to 5 additional layers. I know how to move each image around in
    its own layer, but I'm struggling to understand how to line them up
    perfectly (horizontally & vertically) for printing. I can't find any 'help'
    or menu items for 'align' .

    With thanks for all advice

    KK, Aug 17, 2005
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    Charley Guest

    Go to the left and top edges of your image and drag out some guide lines
    using the move tool. Use the ruler scales (turn them on in the display pull
    down) to place these horizontally and vertically exactly where you want the
    top left corner of each image to be located. Then, if you have the snap to
    setting turned on in your preferences, you can move an image into position
    and it will jump into allignment at the guides.
    Charley, Aug 17, 2005
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    Lorem Ipsum Guest

    FIRST link the layers to align,
    then take MENU - Layer - Align Linked - (see the options)
    There is also MENU - Layer - Distribute just below it.
    Play around and get a feel for what they do. Quite nice, really.

    You can unlink the layers when you are done.
    Lorem Ipsum, Aug 17, 2005
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    Bill Hilton Guest

    Charley writes ...
    The original poster said he's using Elements 3 and I'm pretty sure
    Guides is missing from Elements (at least I can't find them).
    Bill Hilton, Aug 17, 2005
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    C Wright Guest

    In addition to what the other posters have said it helps to make the layers
    semi transparent (reduce opacity) so that you can see through the layers to
    check your alignment. Remember, of course, to increase the opacity after you
    are done aligning.
    C Wright, Aug 17, 2005
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    Greg Guest

    Greg, Aug 17, 2005
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    Charley Guest

    Sorry...I forgot that I added that to my Elements. I usually use Photoshop
    anyway, I just keep Elements installed to be able to help a few frieds who
    use it.
    Charley, Aug 18, 2005
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