Centering Layer Content

When you want to center objects in Photoshop, the steps required are very similar for aligning objects to the canvas center or to its edges. The secret step they both require is for you to select the whole canvas before the menu item Align to Selection appears on the Layer menu. To center objects, take the following steps:

1. Select the layer containing the object that you want to center or align.

2. Choose Select ^ All, or Ctrl+A (Windows), (Mac OS).

3. Choose Layer ^ Align to Selection ^ Horizontal Centers and then select Vertical Centers.

That will center the object on the layer. You can also use the Move tool to align objects by using the Align Vertical Centers and Align Horizontal Centers buttons on the options bar. However, the same secret step has to be taken: You must select the whole canvas before you can access the buttons.

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