How to Center a Layer in Photoshop CS5


Manually centering objects in Photoshop can be tricky. It may initially seem like the object is centered on your canvas, only for you to print the image or use it for a project, and discover that it is not centered.

Fortunately Photoshop CS5 has some tools that will help you to vertically or horizontally center your layers. Our guide below will show you how.

 

Centering a Layer in Photoshop CS5

The steps in this article will show you how to select a layer in Photoshop, then center the contents of the layer so that they are aligned horizontally or vertically with the canvas. You cannot, however, center a locked layer, such as the background layer that is a part of many Photoshop files. If you need to center a locked layer, then follow this guide to remove the lock.

How to vertically or horizontally center a layer in Photoshop CS5 –

  1. Open the Photoshop file containing the layer that you wish to center.
  2. Click the layer in the Layers panel so that it is active.
  3. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select the entire layer. You can also do this by clicking Select at the top of the window, then clicking All.
  4. Click the Move tool in the Photoshop toolbox. You can also select it by pressing v on your keyboard.
  5. Click the Align vertical centers or the Align horizontal centers button near the top of the window, based on which type of method you would like to use to center the contents of your layer.

 

These steps are also shown below with pictures –

Step 1: Open your Photoshop file.

 

Step 2: Select the layer that you wish to center from the Layers panel. If the Layers panel is not visible, then press F7 on your keyboard, or click Window at the top of the screen, then click Layers.

select the layer

 

 

Step 3: Select the entire layer by pressing Ctrl + A on your keyboard, or by clicking Select then All at the top of the window.

select the whole layer

 

 

Step 4: Select the Move tool by clicking it in the toolbox, or by pressing v on your keyboard.

click the move tool

 

 

Step 5: Click the Align vertical centers button or the Align horizontal centers button to apply the type of centering that you need.

vertically or horizontally align layers in photoshop cs5

 

 

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