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Aligning and distributing objects in CorelDRAW

Aligning and distributing objects in CorelDRAW

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Aligning and distributing objects

CorelDRAW lets you precisely align and distribute objects in a drawing. You can align objects with each other and with parts of the drawing page, such as the center, edges, and grid. When you align objects with objects, you can line them up by their centers or by their edges.

CorelDRAW lets you align multiple objects with the center of the drawing page horizontally or vertically. Single or multiple objects can also be arranged along the edge of the page and to the nearest point on a grid.

Distributing objects automatically adds spacing between them based on their width, height, and center points. You can distribute objects so that their center points or selected edges (for example, top or right) appear at equal intervals. You can also distribute objects so that there is equal space between them. You can distribute objects over the extent of the bounding box surrounding them or over the entire drawing page.


Scattered objects (left) with vertical alignment applied to them (right).

 

Process to align an object with an object

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To align an object with an object

  1. Select the objects.
    The object used to align the left, right, top, or bottom edge is determined by either the order of creation or order of selection. If you marquee select the objects before you align them, the last object created is used. If you select the objects one at a time, the last object selected is the reference point for aligning the other objects.

  2. Click Arrange Align and distribute   Align and distribute.

  3. Click the Align tab.

  4. Enable any of the following check boxes to specify horizontal and vertical alignment:

    • Left, Center, or Right — aligns objects vertically

    • Top, Center, or Bottom — aligns objects horizontally

  5. From the Align objects to list box, choose Active objects.

  6. If you are aligning text objects, choose one of the following from the For text source objects use list box:

    • First line baseline — uses the baseline of the first line of text as a reference point

    • Last line baseline — uses the baseline of the last line of text as a reference point

    • Bounding box — uses the bounding box of a text object as a reference point

You can also align objects with another object quickly, without using the Align and distribute dialog box, by clicking Arrange Align and distribute and clicking any of the first six alignment commands. The letter beside a command name indicates the keyboard shortcut you can use to align objects. For example, the letter L beside the Align left command shows that you can press L to align objects with the leftmost point of the object that is used as a reference point.

You can also align objects by selecting them and clicking the Align and distribute button on the property bar.

 

Process to align an object with the page center

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To align an object with the page center

  1. Select an object.
    If you want to align multiple objects, marquee select the objects.

  2. Click Arrange   Align and distribute, and then click one of the following:

    • Center to page — aligns all objects with the page center

    • Center to page vertically — aligns objects with the page center along a vertical axis

    • Center to page horizontally — aligns objects with the page center along a horizontal axis

You can also align all objects with the page center by pressing P.

 

Process to align an object with the page edge

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To align an object with the page edge

  1. Select an object.
    If you want to align an object group, select the group.

  2. Click Arrange   Align and distribute   Align and distribute.

  3. Click the Align tab.

  4. Enable any of the following check boxes to specify horizontal and vertical alignment:

    • Left, Center, or Right — aligns objects vertically

    • Top, Center, or Bottom — aligns objects horizontally

  5. Choose Edge of page from the Align to object list box

You can also align objects by selecting them and clicking the Align and distribute button on the property bar.
You can align an object with the grid by choosing Grid from the Align objects to list box.

 

Process to align an object with a specified point

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To align an object with a specified point

  1. Select an object.
    If you want to align an object group, select the group.

  2. Click Arrange   Align and distribute   Align and distribute.

  3. Click the Align tab.

  4. Enable any of the following check boxes to specify horizontal and vertical alignment:

    • Left, Center, or Right — aligns objects vertically

    • Top, Center, or Bottom — aligns objects horizontally

  5. Choose Specified point from the Align to object list box.

  6. Click Apply.
    The pointer changes to a crosshair pointer.

  7. Click in the drawing window to define the reference point for alignment.

 

Process to distribute objects

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 To distribute objects

  1. Select the objects.

  2. Click Arrange Align and distribute Align and distribute.

  3. Click the Distribute tab.

  4. To distribute the objects horizontally, enable one of the following options from the top-right row:

    • Left — evenly spaces the objects’ left edges

    • Center — evenly spaces the objects’ center points

    • Spacing — places equal intervals between the selected objects

    • Right — evenly spaces the objects’ right edges

  5. To distribute the objects vertically, enable one of the following options from the column on the left:

    • Top — evenly spaces the objects’ top edges

    • Center — evenly spaces the objects’ center points

    • Spacing — places equal intervals between the selected objects

    • Bottom — evenly spaces the objects’ bottom edges

  6. To indicate the area over which the objects are distributed, enable one of the following options:

    • Extent of selection — distributes the objects over the area of the bounding box surrounding them

    • Extent of page — distributes the objects over the drawing page

Top: Distributing objects horizontally. 1) Left — evenly spaces the objects’ left edges. 2) Center — evenly spaces the objects’ center points; Bottom: Distributing objects vertically. 3) Top — evenly spaces the objects’ top edges. 4) Center — evenly spaces the objects’ center points.

 

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