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In this exercise are going to begin the work aligning our letters with the checkers in the background. So we have 16 checkers, we have got letters and numbers and we are good to go. Everybody has got a date, don't you know? I have gone ahead and save my progress as Grouped outlines.ai, so called because I have grouped every single one of these objects right here and you can see that's the case if you twirl open the letters layer. You are going to see T in front because I moved it to the front of the stack. Everybody else is in sort of opposite legibility order here. So we started at the bottom reading EEN and then SLAW, upside down of course and then BABY and then finally 2009 and then T.
I have gotten rid by the way of my point text objects and I have also gone ahead and move T back into its original position because we don't want the T align to the upper left hand corner. Instead the letter we are looking for is 9, which isn't a letter actually. It is a number but that's okay. And by the way just to sort of clear things off, so that we don't we have a lot of confusion going on here. I'm going to Alt-click or Option-click on the letters layer to select all of these objects and then I'm going to scroll over to the right here and I'm going to move these objects after the side. That is these letters and numbers.
Then let's go ahead and center the checkerboard more or less I need to see the letters as well like so. All right, I'm going to click off, then click on to 9 and move it roughly into position, doesn't need to be exactly in position of course because we are going to use the Alignment function to solve that problem. Grab the green E and put it there and then the next letter we need is either one of the Bs, both Bs are yellow so they will work out fine and put it in this location right there and then I want you to grab the blue E and move it to the down right position like so. Let's just get that too out of the way for a moment.
All right so this is where these letters belong in our un-jumbled world and so I'm going to go ahead and click on 9 and then Shift-click on the background checker right there in order to select it. Click again in order to make it the Key Object because it's in the proper position, 9 is not. And then I want you to click on Horizontal Align Center and then Vertical Align Center, and you may wonder why is it always Align Center, Align Center, Align Center. Why don't we do Align Bottom? Because we don't want to that looks wrong. So go ahead and choose Vertical Align Center, like so. All right let's do the same thing with the E. So click on the E, Shift-click on its square, click on its square again without the Shift key, then click on each one of the center icons right there up here in the Control palette and now it's aligned properly.
And the next thing we want to do when I click off in order to de-select everything. Click on the E, Shift- click onto B, Shift-click onto E and Shift-click onto 9 and just to make sure that this point is well taken here, I'm going to move this E and this B to totally arbitrary ridiculous positions like so. Then I'll click on E, Shift-click on B, Shift-click on the E and Shift-click on 9 and now let's distribute according to our selection. So make sure that Align to Selection is turned on here and then I'm going to click on the Vertical Distribute Center icon and then I'll on the Horizontal Distribute Center icon and we get these guys aligned perfectly like we are seeing them right there.
So what Illustrator has done is it has aligned the E and B with the most radically positioned objects in the selection which are the 9 and the blue E, right there. We have a perfect distribution of letters inside of their checkers. You can get out a ruler and measure them if you want to. In the next exercise we are going to position the remaining letters inside of our artwork.
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