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How to center one object against another while keeping one of the objects in place?

Oct 17, 2012 1:43 PM

Tags: #object #alignment #center

This is my original drawing in Photoshop CS5 for Windows:



My goal is to quickly center two objects while keeping one of them (blue rectangle in my example) in place:




If I follow the standard procedure (select both objects, align vertical and horizontal centers), both objects are moved to the center of the drawing:



So the blue square has lost it's original position which is not good.


Please help!

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    Oct 17, 2012 2:05 PM   in reply to _GreyBox_

    Cmd/Ctrl-click the thumbnail of the layer that's to remain stationary. That'll give you a selection to which layers can be aligned. Target only the layer that's to be moved. The Move Tool alignment controls will affect only the targeted layer.

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    Feb 16, 2013 5:49 AM   in reply to _GreyBox_

    Ctrl+A will select entire canvas.

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    Feb 17, 2013 4:35 AM   in reply to _GreyBox_

    Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts should let you define shortcuts for the commands in menu Layer > Align.

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