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Teetorials: Illustrator Align Tool

Teetorials are tips and tricks for adding those special touches to your designs. They're brought to you by our very own Threadless staff designers, Alex, Jillian & Speedy Joe. Check out Threadless designer Speedy Joe’s tutorial for using the align tool in Illustrator.

First go into Window > Align Tool. Open that up and put it somewhere on the screen where you will be able to access it easily.

I created 4 basic squares so you can easily see what's going on here. They are all just sitting randomly on the screen and we want them nice and lined up.

Select all the squares with the black arrow (selection tool).

Once you have your objects selected, again using the black arrow, click on one of the squares once and it will make it a "key object". You can see the thicker blue outline on my key object. This is the square we are going to align everything to.

Now I want everything centered on my key object, so I select the vertical align center on my align window.

We got everything nice and centered on our green square now, next we want everything touching.

Again, select the first object as your key object, this time we want to distribute the spacing horizontally. I have it at 0 inches so they all touch, but if you have a specific amount of space you want between the objects you can put that in.

And there it is! Nice and lined up and all touching.

If you have any questions for Joe, ask them in this blog!

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Such a useful tool, never knew you could also select a key element by extra clicking on it, nice!

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