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How to vertically align a text box in illustrator

Vertically aligning a text box in Adobe Illustrator is a simple process using the "Align" or "Align and Distribute" function in the program's control panel. You can align your text box along a specific edge or anchor point, an artboard or a key object, depending on what you want your text box aligned with. The "Align and Distribute" function is useful when you want a certain amount of horizontal or vertical space between your text box and the object it is vertically aligned with.

Open your Adobe Illustrator project and select the text box you want to align. Align your text box relative to a single point by clicking the "Direct-Selection" tool, holding down "Shift" on your keyboard and clicking a "anchor point" in your work space. Select the "Align to Key Anchor" option in your "Control" panel and select "Vertical Align Bottom," "Vertical Align Middle" or "Vertical Align Top."

Align your text vertically in relation to the bounding box of all selected objects by selecting all objects. Select "Align to Selection" in the "Align" portion of the "Control" panel and choose "Vertical Align Bottom," "Vertical Align Middle" or "Vertical Align Top."

Align your text box in relation to a key object (one object in a series of objects) by clicking the "Direct-Selection" tool and selecting all objects. Click the desired "key object" so a blue outline appears around it and the "Align to Key Object" function is automatically selected. Click the "Vertical Align Bottom," "Vertical Align Middle" or "Vertical Align Top" button in the "Align" or "Control" panel at the top of the screen.

Align your text box relative to an artboard selecting your text box. Click your "Selection" tool, hold down the "Shift" key on your keyboard and click your artboard so it has a darker outline than your text box. Select "Align to Artboard" in your "Align" or "Control" panel at the top of the screen and choose your vertical alignment ("Vertical Align Bottom," "Vertical Align Middle" or "Vertical Align Top").

Distribute your text box by selecting your text box and the other object. Navigate to the "Align" panel (if this is not available, click the "Window" tab and "Align") and enter the amount of space you want to appear between the objects. Click "Vertical Align Bottom," "Vertical Align Middle" or "Vertical Align Top."

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Andrew Schrader has been a professional writer and filmmaker since 2004. He works as a writer and director, holding a Bachelor of Arts in film and media studies from UC Santa Barbara. Schrader specializes in writing about technology and computer software.