Use Alignment Grids to Make Your Designs Sing

Use Alignment Grids to Make Your Designs Sing
July 25, 2017 Molly Shapiro

Are your designs looking a little off kilter, slightly askew, a touch askance? Then it’s time to line ‘em up, partner. Our alignment grids tool helps you make polished designs with precise alignment of all your design elements.

Get grids from the Alignment palette


To place a grid on your design, click the Alignment and grids button, located right next to the Layers button in the bottom toolbar. When the Alignment palette pops up, make sure Grids is turned On, then choose how many rows and columns you want. Once those boxes are visible, you’ll be able to compose your design with the help of these guides. If you check the Snap to grid box, objects will automatically snap to one of the lines on your grid when you move them close to a line.

Use alignment hints


In the Alignment palette, turn Alignment hints on. Select an object (say, a graphic overlay) and notice the purple lines that appear as you drag it to different places on your canvas. Those hint lines intelligently indicate when the object is in perfect alignment with the top, middle, or bottom of another object in your design. Release your mouse button when the object is aligned where you want it, and boom: it’s perfect.

Line up your text


Use alignment grids and alignment hinting to arrange your text, too.  If you’d like to center your text horizontally or vertically, look for purple hint lines that go fully across the design, which indicate perfect centering. Make sure that your text box has no extra space before or after your characters, because the tool interprets that space as a character, which throws center hinting off. Remove extra spaces by dragging the line between the left or right corner handles.

Go forth and design: you’ve got composition and alignment nailed.

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Molly Shapiro
In addition to her work on the PicMonkey blog, Molly writes about topics as varied as politics, finance, global health, and online dating. As a fiction writer, she’s published two books, both available on Amazon through totally non-sketchy retailers. A midwestern transplant who now calls Seattle home, Molly firmly believes that the Space Needle is way cooler than the Eiffel Tower.