Alignment and distribution options in Adobe Photoshop help you quickly move the elements in a document so it’s easier to lay out your design. For this example, we’ll align and distribute layers in a poster design.
Sea green posters with Australian city names and purple, pink, and yellow paint splashes hang on windows in an outdoor café

Align logo elements

Let’s create a logo with a tagline by aligning three lines of text with the two graphic elements on the left of the poster. Select the JULY 1-AUGUST 31 layer, and then Shift-click the LOGO Ellipse layer to select the four layers that make up the logo. Select the Move tool in the Tools panel to display alignment and distribution icons in the Options bar. Click the Align Left Edges icon to align the selected layers in relation to the leftmost layer(s), which are the ellipse and line. Then, click the Align Horizontal Centers icon to center-align all the elements in the logo.

Text is aligned to the left by selecting text layers in Layers panel, clicking Move tool, then Align Left Edges icon.

Align and distribute city names

Select the four layers that include the city names (Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, and Brisbane). Click the Distribute Vertical Centers icon to evenly space the city names vertically on the page. Then, click Align Left Edges to left-align the names with the leftmost layer in the selection.

Text is distributed vertically and aligned along the left with Align Left Edges and Distribute Vertical Centers

Align and distribute sponsor icons

Select the Sponsor1 through Sponsor5 layers. Click the Align Bottom Edges icon to align the sponsor icons in relation to the bottom-most icon. Then, click Distribute Left Edges to evenly space the icons across the bottom of the poster using the leftmost icon as a reference.

Text is distributed horizontally and aligned along the bottom with Align Bottom Edges and Distribute Left Edges.
01/21/2022

Poster inspired by: Juan Sebastian Portilla

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