You can use the align and distribute tools on the Align palette in the Design palette group to precisely line up and arrange objects on your stationery.
To align or distribute objects, you must first select all the objects you wish to arrange. To select multiple objects, you can either:
- Hold down the shift key and then click on each object you wish to arrange.
- Click on the Select Objects button in the toolbar and drag a marquee to select all the floating objects you wish to arrange at once.
- Choose Select All in the Edit menu to select all objects on one page.
You can select any combination of floating objects, whether they are images, text boxes, or monograms. Once the objects are selected, you can use the menu or toolbar to align or distribute them as desired. If the Relative To Stationery button is pressed, all alignment and distribution tools arrange objects relative to the edges of your page. If it is not pressed, the tools arrange objects relative to each other. Below, the objects were aligned to the vertical center and distributed evenly horizontally.
The Align Edge to Edge tools allow you to line up a group of objects so that they are contiguous with each other. Below, the objects were aligned to the horizontal center and edge to edge top
You can group objects together so they are considered one object. Below, the bikini, sunglasses and beach tote are separate images that were grouped.
The Lock button locks the selected objects so that they cannot be modified in any way. When an object is locked, its drag handles are red to indicate that they cannot be used. You can always unlock an object to modify it again.
Pro Extreme offers keyboard shortcuts to some key alignment tools to save you time. Click on an object and use the arrow keys to move the object up, down, left or right pixel by pixel. You can use keyboard shortcuts to automatically position your object relative to the margins of your stationery:
- Control + Home
Centers the object vertically and horizontally within the stationery.
- Control + left arrow
Aligns the left edge of the object with the left edge of the stationery.
- Control + right arrow
Aligns the right edge of the object with the right edge of the stationery.
- Control + up arrow
Aligns the top edge of the object with the top edge of the stationery.
- Control + down arrow
Aligns the bottom edge of the object with the bottom edge of the stationery.
The layers palette gives you easy access to select, edit, move up/down, hide, disable and group the various design elements on your stationery. This is particularly helpful with complex designs when it is difficult to click on overlapping elements. Select one or more items in the list to move them up or down in the layer order. You can click on the Visible or Disable checkbox for each object to show/hide or enable/disable each indivdual object.