Posts Tagged ‘spacing’

Please form an evenly spaced single line…

March 3, 2008

One thing that has always frustrated me when designing a product on Zazzle has been the inability to place text and images precisely and accurately. For example, when adding two or more text objects, I usually want them to line up with each other. Until now, that was a manual trial and error process that usually ended up with a comment like, “Close enough!”

Well, we can now say goodbye to the eye strain, goodbye to slightly irregular designs, and goodbye to micro-mouse attempts at non-attainable perfection. Introducing the align dialog!

Align Dialog

Now, when you have multiple items selected in the design tool, you can bring up this dialog from the Edit menu and select what type of alignment you need! YAY! It is finally possible to accurately line up all your text or images!

Align left

How cool is that? What? You want more? Wow, you guys are picky. Fine. Hmmm, let’s see. What else do we have in our little bag of tricks?

How about Vertical & Horizontal Spacing!

What is that, you ask? Well, in very simple terms, it’s an algorithmic construct designed to eschew random or unequal voids in the midst of visually rendered binary objects. (duh!)

Ok, maybe it’s easier to show you an example:

Space evenly
Yes, from the Edit menu in the design tool, you can space selected objects evenly either horizontally, or vertically! Combined with the Align dialog, this gives you a great set of tools to start you on your way to precision-greatness, and save you from prematurely going bald by pulling out all of your hair. Word to your mother.

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