Use Alignment Grids to Get Your Designs On Point

Use Alignment Grids to Get Your Designs On Point
July 18, 2018 Molly Shapiro

Are your designs looking a little off kilter? Slightly askew? A touch askance? Then it’s time to line ‘em up, partner. Use the alignment grids in the editor to make polished designs with precise alignment of all your design elements.

Work with grids

Alignment and Grids adding text

To place a grid on your design, click the Alignment button (the icon looks like a grid) in the bottom toolbar on the left, located next to the Layers button. When the Alignment palette pops up, toggle the switch to turn on the grid and then choose how many rows and columns you want. You can use the presets or choose your own number of rows and columns. Once your gridlines are visible, you’ll be able to compose your design with the help of these handy guides.

Alignment and Grids adding shapesAlignment and Grids overview

Make objects snap into place

Alignment and Grids snap to it

If you check the align and snap-to boxes at the bottom of the Alignment palette, objects (text or graphics) will automatically snap into perfect placement when you move them near a grid line or another object. You can choose whether you want to align to the center and edges of other objects in the design, align to the center and edges of the entire canvas, or align to the center and edges of the grid. Or all three. Or just two.

Align text

Alignment and Grids all lined up

Use grids and snapping to arrange your text, too. 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.

Now, go forth and design: you’ve got composition and alignment all lined up.

 

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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.