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Tuesday Top Tip – Centre

When you’re moving things around the screen there are going to be times, maybe lots of times, that you want various elements to be in the centre, or have centres lined up. Here’s a few ways to do it; 

With the layer selected press Cmd (Ctrl)+T to enter free transform. In the centre of the object you’ll find a cross hair shape. Guides will snap to these. 

Speaking of guides: choosing New Guide from the view menu allows you to choose exactly where you want a guide. A percentage figure can be put in here as well as other measurement units.


Having Smart Guides on means that Photoshop will let you know when the centre of two elements are aligned.

 As well as this it will let you know when tops, bottoms and sides are aligned, including combinations of them.

 From the menu – [View] [show] [Smart Guides]



The above menu is available when you have the move tool selected and has some handy alignment options. For this tip we are interested in; 

 This will align selected layers using their centre points, while  


will align selected layers horizontally.  

What’s really cool about these tools is that they can be used to align to a selection. So, selecting an area, selecting the layer and then using one of the above, will align the layer to the centre of the selection.

 (In this example I used both alignments to get the box central)


And that’s getting things central to each other.

About Eric Renno (434 Articles)
Eric’s background in video editing with Adobe Premier led to his interest, and then obsession, with Photoshop. Starting TipSquirrel.com as a hobby he is proud to have gathered together and be a part of The Photoshop Nuts. Known as only “TipSquirrel” for two years, Eric ‘went public’ when he was a finalist in The Next Adobe Photoshop Evangelist competition. He’s also been a finalist in Deke’s Techniques Photoshop Challenge. While still taking on some freelance work, Eric has recently become a Lecturer at Peterborough’s Media and Journalism Centre where he enjoys sharing his knowledge as well as learning new skills. This realisation that he loves to teach has made Eric look at altering his career path.

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