Photoshop Tip: Turn on the Alignment Options in the Move Tool

Let's face it, you create a new document,copy and paste a new image onto the canvas, and try to position it to the center, if you're a beginner, you may try to judge the center point by using your eyes.  But believe me, your eyes don't always tell the truth.
That's when the alignment options come in handy.  Simply click on the “Move”tool   ( shown below).
Then you will see the alignment options appear on the top (menu bar) that I have hi-lighted and shown below.


And let's say you want to position an object in the center of the canvas, simply Ctrl+A to select the whole canvas,then you will see some alignment options become clickable.

And then you simply click on "Align Vertical Centers" and "Align Horizontal Centers" you will see the object is now positioned in the center of the canvas.

Like any thing else, the more often you do this, the quicker it becomes second nature.


  1. I had no idea this could be done. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. OOOOH... Thank you very much Jerry!
    XXX Sim.

  3. Another "how come I didn't see that before" tip. Thanks so much

  4. Jerry~
    Thank you so much for taking the time to share these tips with us!

  5. thank you...this will help!!

  6. Thanks Jerry, I was using the move tool yesterday and could have used this tip - gonna' try it again today with new and improved skills!


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  8. Well, I never knew that! Thanks so much for sharing - this is really helpful.

  9. Thank you. I have a little project in mind to practice.

  10. Hi Jerry. Neat trick!
    If you are dragging from another file, you can also hold down the "Shift" key and the new item will automatically centre itself. Saves lots of fiddling...
    See my Newbie Notes HERE
    Juno's Place
    Cards by Carol

  11. Carol,
    Thanks for the tip, always looking for new and easier ways to work more efficiently.

  12. Jerry--always appreciate your tips and tutorials.

  13. these controls dont appear on the free version, right now I have to just test it out. the problem i keep getting is when i go to move the top pic of a stack of layers to reposition it or just find a different area of the picture... it seems to fly off and dissapear, every time. I am not exactly sure if it is my mouse.

  14. I'll have to remember this thanks:)

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