Easily Align Objects in Photoshop – Snapping & Smart Guides

Easily Align Objects in Photoshop – Snapping & Smart Guides

When using Photoshop, I find myself endlessly moving stuff around to see what it looks like lined up, on top, or underneath other parts of the image I’m working on. This especially seems to be the case when working with text.

If you want titles to be line with other objects or other larger bodies of text, instead of guessing, there are a couple of really handy tools.


The Snap function quite simply allows an object to snap into place when you try to align with another object or piece of text. You can turn this on by going to View in the menu bar and moving down to Snap just like the below.

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This will then allow you to easily move an object into place, however to you do need to move it roughly in line but you will see it jump or snap into place. TIP: You might not always want this if just randomly placing something so you can simply turn it off and on when needed or when playing with different layers.

Smart Guides 

It actually took me ages to discover this tool, basically when you have snapping turned on, the smart guides give you this quick pink line indicator to actually show you what snap line you have chosen and you can actually see what object you are aligning to. It’s really handy and again you don’t have to have snap turned on to use this tool.  Turn it on by clicking on View in the menu bar, hover over show and the select Smart Guides. 

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Both of them turned on together will reduce the amount of time you spend nudging things around the screen. Below you can see the pink lines and makes life a lot easier!

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