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This lesson will teach you what alignment guides are and how you can use them.
When to use
Alignment guides allow you to ensure that objects are aligned exactly horizontal or vertical on a slide or even relative to other objects. We can even create our own custom alignment guides.
Misaligned objects is a common problem that most presentation designers suffer from. This problem can be easily resolved with alignment guides.
Alignment guides appear automatically as we approach the center of a slide vertically and horizontally. As we approach these guides, the object will snap into place.
If we have multiple objects on a single slide, alignment guides will also indicate when the two objects are aligned with each other.
To center a group of objects on a slide:
- select multiple objects at the same time
- move the selected objects on the slide until they snap to an alignment guide
To change the color of your alignment guides:
- go to Keynote > Preferences…
- click on the Rulers tab
- change the color of your alignment guide option
To create your own custom alignment guide:
- show our ruler by going to View > Show Rulers
- drag a new alignment guide down from our ruler
To adjust or remove a guide, we either move it to a new location on the slide, or move it off the slide altogether.
Alignment guides apply only to the slide itself. They are not file-wide or system-wide.
We can also apply custom alignment guides to Master Slides.
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