InDesign 2.8 [align]

“Working with the align window”

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  1. Begin with a new InDesign document. (File>New Document...)
  2. You will need to draw a series of boxes (or objects). It may be easy to do this using the rectangular frame tool (shown below)[Premium Content - Login] [Membership Options]
  3. If you know the size of the box (rectangle or square) you wish to create, you can click on your layout and type in the dimensions of the box.
  4. Once you have a series of boxes that you wish to align, open the align window by selecting Window>Object & Layout>Align.
  5. The Align Window (shown below) gives you several options for aligning your objects.[Premium Content - Login] [Membership Options]
  6. First, you must select the objects you wish to align. You can align sides of the objects by clicking any of the align objects buttons. (For example, you can align the top of two objects by selecting the objects and clicking top align button (red circle).
  7. You can distribute objects (adjust the spacing between objects) by selecting a group of objects and then selecting the distribute objects vertically (or horizontally) button. This will space your objects evenly. You can specify a spacing by typing a measurement into the “use spacing” text box and marking the check box.
  8. You can also use the distribute spacing vertical/horizontal button (red squares) to distribute objects a given distance apart. Make sure to check the “Use Spacing” button and specify the desired space between an object.
  9. Once a particular object is in its desired position, you can lock that object's position by right clicking on it and selecting lock position from the contextual menu that appears.
  10. Additionally, you can group objects together by selecting multiple objects and right clicking on them and selecting Group from the contextual menu that appears.


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