Peter, I have just tried it, and the distribution is in keeping with the layer order. Then I tried it again, but this time off-setting a random layer, and the distribution again stayed in layer order skipping the offset layer. So just to be complete, I reversed the layers in the stack and tried once more, and the distribution followed the new layer order.
Is there anything special about your layers? Are they Smart objects or in different groups or anything like that? I can't think what might be going on otherwise.
OK, I just made it break the layer order by adding an additional layer with different content, and that started somewhere in the middle of the page. I tried placing the layers randomly on the screen, and the order defaulted to the least amount of movement to put them in their new location.
Select all layers, and hit Align centres. Then place the top layer on the far right position (assuming it is a horizontal distribution) and _then_ hitting Distribute horizontal centers. That forced the distribution to follow the layre order for me.
The alignment tools on my end seem to be working properly, at least for the document I'm imagining you to be working with. I think a video would help give us a more detailed idea of what you're describing
The align and distribute commands do not reposition your layers to match layer order though (as far as I'm aware), not sure if that's what you're hoping for it to do. They align or distribute based off of the current positions of the layers selected.
If you're still seeing the random behavior, could you record a video of it and post it here to the forums for us to see?
You can use a free recording application such as Jing for this purpose, it works great.
Hi guys! Thank you so much for the answers! Really helping out. Here's some screenshots to show whats going on.
1. Layers ready to be distributed:
(all letters stacked up)
2. Pressing "Distribute Horizontal Centers
I send the top most layer to the end of the document, select all layers, and press Distribute Horizontal Centers
Any thoughts on what might be causing this?
I'm thinking you'll find the trouble is from having all of them clumped in one lump before doing the distribute. As I mentioned before, the distribute commands do not take layer order into considersation, and distributes the layers that are selected based off of their position and center relative to the other objects it's moving with.
So in your case, you'll want to position the letters in the order you want to see them (alphabetical order) prior to distribution of their centers (which is spacing them so that the spacing is even, not in order)
Have a look at my screenshots of my document setup similar to yours using the clumped together method and distribution (first set of shots with results), and using the manual ordering of the position, then distributing. (second set of shots with results)
Hope this helps