How to Align Objects to a Main Object in Illustrator CS3 Step-by-Step Tutorial
Adobe Illustrator is a very precise illustration tool.
And that is to our advantage! If our purpose is to align objects, we do not have to manually measure or use guides to help position the objects. Rather, we could do the aligning using the Align Panel. However, we will also address the topic of aligning objects to a particular object at a particular spot, a little known feature that has been around since Illustrator 9.
We will visit these two options in just a moment but first, let's open up the Align Panel before proceeding.
Skill Level: Beginner
STEP 1 Align Panel
FIrst and foremost, open your Align Panel by going to Window>Align or use keyboard shortcut Shift+F7.
Select all your objects that you wish to align using your Selection Tool or keyboard shortcut V.
Go to your Align Panel. Click on 'Horizontal Align Center' and 'Vertical Align Center'. Note that your objects are now aligned to the central points of your selection's bounding box as Illustrator does that by default.
OK. That is fine and good. But what if you prefered Illustrator to centre all objects around a main object at a particular spot?
It is possible to do it! Here is the tip:
All you have to do it select all your objects and click your main object (just click, no need to press the Shift key) and that click will set it as the “Key Object”. Click the align buttons and Illustrator will align the rest of the objects in your selection around that Key Object!
That is all there is to it. A quick and easy way of aligning objects in Illustrator CS3.
My next hub on Illustrator tips and tricks will focus on how to distribute objects using Illustrator CS3 and CS5. Look out for it!
Check out one of my other popular hubs:
How to Divide a Circle or a Pie in Equal Parts using Illustrator CS3
Adobe Illustrator is an illustration and graphic design software produced by Adobe Systems that is used by professional Graphic Designers and Production Artists. It allows you to create accurate vector artwork for any project. Photoshop on the other hand is recognised as the industry's leading software in digital image correction and is pixel-based.
This step-by-step Adobe Illustrator CS3 tutorial are intended for beginner users (with basic knowledge of Illustrator).
For more tutorials on little known secrets to InDesign or Illustrator, please go to
Little Known Secrets to Adobe InDesign
Little Known Secrets to Adobe Illustrator
You are welcome to print, share or link to this tutorial; however, please refrain from publishing by copying and pasting onto your site, forums, etc. If you have found this article helpful, please leave a comment or suggestions to other topics you might like to see written.
Like to become a Graphic Designer?
This question has been asked of me countless of times by young people who are aspiring to make their mark in this world as designers. One of the minimum requirements nowadays for working in the industry is a certificate that confirms your qualifications in this field of work. Anyone interested in this line of work should apply for a course in Graphic Design at Art Schools or Universities.
Check out May PL's other hubs:
Create a SIDE INCOME STREAM for yourself
Like everyone else, you would have life experiences, knowledge and interests that you can write about and share with others. This could possibly be a source of some income for you with a potential to grow. Do not hesitate to join (it's free!) and give it a shot.
Life is a journey and full of potential and opportunities - we just have to step out and grab them.
Meanwhile, take care. Keep smiling :)
Comments 2 comments
More about Illustrator
- How to create a scatter brush with Adobe Illustrator
Scatter brushes in Adobe Illustrator are aptly named. Used properly, they scatter a design along a path. They can be used in many ways, from an explosive effect, to a splatter of colours to feathers flying...
- Artistic Effects Using Adobe Illustrator
How would like to be able to create a watercolor out of your photograph in less than 5 minutes? How about a pen and ink version in the same amount of time ? How could that be possible you say? Not artistic?...
- How To Find Freelance Illustration Jobs
Freelance illustration jobs, what to do and where to look for any freelance jobs.
More by this Author
I had to use tables in InDesign at work when I discovered typing a tab in a table cell is not as simple as pressing the tab key. Huh??? Inserting a table in InDesign is easy but just how on earth do you then type a tab...
Dividing a circle into equal parts is not something that most designers are required to do on a daily basis. Therefore it is not a piece of knowledge or skill that we intentionally go out to obtain. However, I have...
If you are about to visit the dentist to have your tooth extracted and have the jitters, join the club! This article explores the many reasons we may be anxious, as well as some coping strategies.