November 17, 2009 / Fall 2009 / Online Design

By Design with Online Design: Getting Even

Written by Idea File Staff

Make your spreads crisp and clean with properly aligned elements.

When you need to align and arrange several shapes, elements or graphics on a layout, or you plan to run shapes or images across the top, bottom or down the side of a page, the Object Layout palette in Page Editor is your tool.

1. Decide what shape you want, and drag several of them from the shapes panel.

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2. Select the shapes with the Selection tool (arrow) and click the Layout button. Hint: The first shape you select controls the alignment of the other surrounding shapes.

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3. Click an Align button to align left, right, top, bottom, center horizontally or center vertically. In this example, align bottom was used.

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4. Once the shapes are aligned, use the Distribute Evenly options to evenly arrange the items. Distribute horizontally or vertically using the auto feature or enter a distribution distance in picas. One pica (1p) horizontally was used in this example.

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