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Aligning type with guides and Smart Guides

From: Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentials

Video: Aligning type with guides and Smart Guides

Typically, with the kind of text we are working with in Photoshop, using our alignment guides is very helpful. In the case of this fictional web banner, I've got various different elements of type and I want to align them relative to each other. Now, there are several things that I can bring to bear when doing this, not least of which are my eyes. So, you would sort of trust what you see really. I am just going to choose the individual layers and move them around, so that I can position one piece of type relative to another piece of type.

Aligning type with guides and Smart Guides

Typically, with the kind of text we are working with in Photoshop, using our alignment guides is very helpful. In the case of this fictional web banner, I've got various different elements of type and I want to align them relative to each other. Now, there are several things that I can bring to bear when doing this, not least of which are my eyes. So, you would sort of trust what you see really. I am just going to choose the individual layers and move them around, so that I can position one piece of type relative to another piece of type.

But what might help me in doing that is using my Smart Guides. I can come to the View menu and choose Show > Smart Guides. Now, when I drag this element around, we will get the Smart Guides kick in. You see that pink guide along the baseline, also along the right-hand side as well, indicating that I am now sharing the baseline of the word DESIGN. And if I drag it up to GRAPHIC here, we get another one of those guides kick in. So, that might be useful when you need to align one element relative to another, and we can also draw our own custom guides.

So, let's say that I have got this positioned here. I like that, but I would like the width to be suggested by some other element that's already in the composition. So, I am going to draw myself a guide to the left-hand edge of the I, and I would like that to also be the left-hand edge of the C. So with that guide drawn, I can now press Command+T to select my conference text, hold down my Shift key, and come and grab the bottom left-hand handle and just size that into position according to that guide. Then press Return.

You can also, when creating guides, come to the View menu and choose New Guide, and this gives you the option of placing a guide at a specific location. But it tends to be that you want to draw guides relative to something that's already a part of your composition. So I don't find myself using that option too much. The point I'm making here is that we can use Smart Guides. We can draw our own custom guides to help us position things relative to other things that are part of the composition. Once the guide is there, if you want to get rid of them, you can come to the View menu and choose Clear Guides, or you can come to the Show menu and uncheck that so that they remain, but you just don't see them.

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Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentials

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Nigel French
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  1. 1m 31s
    1. Welcome
      56s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
  2. 6m 12s
    1. The pros and cons of setting type in Photoshop
      1m 27s
    2. Exploring type anatomy and terminology
      1m 8s
    3. Setting type preferences
      3m 37s
  3. 34m 28s
    1. Interacting with type layers
      1m 53s
    2. Entering and selecting point type
      6m 27s
    3. Copying a type layer
      3m 6s
    4. Choosing fonts
      3m 15s
    5. Sizing type
      2m 20s
    6. Understanding pixel/point size and resolution
      1m 49s
    7. Entering and selecting paragraph type
      2m 42s
    8. Finding and replacing text
      2m 20s
    9. Spell-checking your type
      55s
    10. Converting point type to paragraph type and vice versa
      1m 23s
    11. Creating returns and non-breaking spaces in paragraph type
      1m 18s
    12. Entering glyphs and special characters
      4m 28s
    13. Applying anti-aliasing to type
      2m 32s
  4. 39m 35s
    1. Changing fonts across multiple layers
      38s
    2. Changing type color
      4m 5s
    3. Sampling color
      3m 19s
    4. Working with transparency
      1m 46s
    5. Applying a gradient
      4m 22s
    6. Setting leading
      3m 56s
    7. Tracking type
      3m 7s
    8. Kerning type
      3m 44s
    9. Using horizontal and vertical scale options
      1m 39s
    10. Using Baseline Shift
      2m 39s
    11. Casing and underlining options
      2m 36s
    12. Giving emphasis
      41s
    13. Using smart quotes
      1m 3s
    14. Working with OpenType fonts
      5m 9s
    15. Resetting the Character panel
      51s
  5. 28m 31s
    1. Aligning paragraphs left, right, and center
      2m 17s
    2. Setting justified paragraph alignment
      6m 1s
    3. Aligning type on an axis
      2m 51s
    4. Setting forced justified paragraph alignment
      3m 4s
    5. Evenly spacing type elements with unique lengths
      2m 29s
    6. Aligning type with guides and Smart Guides
      2m 20s
    7. Aligning type along a radial axis
      2m 32s
    8. Grouping layers
      1m 29s
    9. Adding space between paragraphs and paragraph indents
      2m 9s
    10. Creating a bulleted list
      1m 46s
    11. Setting the hanging punctuation option
      42s
    12. Resetting the Paragraph panel
      51s
  6. 9m 19s
    1. Using type mask tools
      3m 10s
    2. Creating masks from type layers
      2m 36s
    3. Masking with a clipping mask
      1m 41s
    4. Masking with Pattern Overlay
      1m 52s
  7. 37m 24s
    1. Setting type around a circle
      5m 55s
    2. Setting type along a pen path
      3m 42s
    3. Setting type around a shape
      4m 29s
    4. Create a work path from type
      5m 59s
    5. Rotating type with Free Transform
      1m 15s
    6. Working with vertical type
      1m 54s
    7. Working with stacked type
      1m 44s
    8. Transforming type using the Warp tool
      4m 9s
    9. Distorting type
      3m 50s
    10. Converting type to shape layers
      4m 27s
  8. 17s
    1. Final thoughts
      17s

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