9 Replies Latest reply on Sep 23, 2017 7:30 PM by JJMack

    centre text

    jozo10

      Hi

       

      How do I centre text over an image in Photoshop? Bascially I have an image, and I want to place a big capital letter in the center of the image so the spacing is all balanced.

       

      How do I do this?

        • 1. Re: centre text
          JJMack Most Valuable Participant

          A text layer is a layer.  Do a select all and use menu Layer>Align layer to selection>Center vertical  and menu Layer>Align layer to selection>Center horizontal toe align the text layer centered over the canvas or centered over any selection you make.

           

          Using Align to selection you can align thing to  nine coordinates like a tick tack toe board.

          • 2. Re: centre text
            Trevor.Dennis Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)

            With a single layer you need to sellect the entire image (Ctrl A).  Then select the move tool and click on the relevent icons.  A capital letter will centre vertically, but lower case letters can complicate things with decenders etc.

             

            What I have done below is drag out some guides which snapped to the centre of the page, and dragged out the grid zero to the guide intersection, so we can see where the capital H has ended up after centering

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            • 3. Re: centre text
              JJMack Most Valuable Participant

              Yes that is Photoshop other UI interface to align layers to selection.  Those ICON you can align layers to  9 locations.  You can align to any selection and you can align more that a single layer. Here I target three layes and show aligning them to different selections.

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              Selections are very useful. Alpha channels, layer mask are selections. Here Alpha channels were used as selections to aling image resize image position image and mask images and align added filename text layers.  It took a few clicks.

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              • 4. Re: centre text
                jozo10 Level 1

                Trevor,

                 

                Could you walk me through step by step on how to add a new text layer. Mine won't centre properly. I think I need to go back a few steps. My text box doesn't seem to be aligning with my image. I clicked CMD+A (select all) then hit the centre buttons you highlighted, but it's not working.

                 

                See screen shot below:

                 

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                • 5. Re: centre text
                  jozo10 Level 1

                  Here is another screen shot. The E is not in the centre of the page when I highlight the text. I think you may have to walk me through step by step.

                  Screen Shot 2017-09-23 at 2.33.35 PM.png

                  • 6. Re: centre text
                    JJMack Most Valuable Participant

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                    Ctrl+A Select all

                    V switch to the move tool

                    Click Center Horizontal Center Icon and Vertical center icon.

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                    • 7. Re: centre text
                      Trevor.Dennis Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)

                      jozo10  wrote

                       

                      Here is another screen shot. The E is not in the centre of the page when I highlight the text. I think you may have to walk me through step by step.

                      Screen Shot 2017-09-23 at 2.33.35 PM.png

                      You are looking at the space that would ocupied by a decender, as would be the case with a lower case 'y', but with just the capital letter E, Photoshop ignore the desender when it comes to centering.

                      The full white area below shows the canvas size, and the grey is the highlighted area when selecting the capital E.

                      At the moment, none of the aligh tools are available (they are greyed out) because with just the single text layer selected, Photoshop does not have a reference to move the letter to. 

                      So we need to give it that reference by selecting the entire canvas with Cmd a.  Now you can see the marching ants, and the single layer alignment tools have become available.

                      ...and clicking on the centre verticle and centre horizontal tools places the E centre of the image.

                      Selecting the Type layer still shows the space that would have been taken by a desender, but that is not relevant.

                      Is that clear?

                      • 8. Re: centre text
                        JJMack Most Valuable Participant

                        Alignment is relative to the layers bounds the layer actual pixels rectangular bounds.  Not relative to where text may be.  The actual pixels rendered for the layer actual text.

                         

                        Here a script set guide lines on the layer bounds and across its horizontal  and verticals centers and spells out its location relative to the canvas and notes the width and height of the layer bounds.

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