Flash Catalyst offers five main aids to assist you while
drawing and aligning graphics. These include the Align panel, rulers,
custom guides, a visible grid for measuring and aligning artwork,
and the Properties panel for positioning and sizing objects down
to the exact pixel.
Align Two or More Objects to One Another
To align multiple objects to one another, perform the following
Select all of the items you wish to align.
Use the Align panel’s Align options to align the objects
by their horizontal or vertical left or right edges or their centers.
Use the Align panel’s Match Size options to set the objects
to the same height, width, or both.
resizing components, be aware that objects within the component will
not resize unless they have constraints set. For more information
on this, see Resizing Applications and Components
If you select two or more objects that have been rotated and
then use the match width command, the widths of the objects will
be matched, but the heights may not be. The same is true for matching
If you select three or more objects, you can also use the Distribute
options in the Align panel to distribute the shapes by their top,
left, right or bottom edges or the vertical or horiztonal centers.
You can use the Space options to equalize the vertical or horiztonal
space between the objects.
Align Objects to the Artboard
If you select one or more objects, you can also allign
them to the artboard. You must check the Relative to Artboard option
at the top of the panel, even if you have only a single object selected.
Aligning multiple objects to the artboard will likely cause
them to overlap. Use the Layers panel to change the stacking order
of the objects. For more information on this, see Manage artwork using layers
Show and hide rulers
By default, rulers appear above and to the left of the
artboard. The rulers help you position artwork, but they're even
more useful when placing custom guides. You can hide the ruler to
gain a little extra room in the workspace, but they take up so little
space you may want to leave them turned on all the time.
To hide rulers, choose View > Show Rulers to deselect it and
hide the rulers.
Edit grid and guide settings
Using the grid is similar to placing a transparent sheet
of graph paper over the artboard. The grid includes perfectly spaced
vertical and horizontal lines that help you align and draw perfectly
To change the default settings for all grid lines and guides,
choose View > Grid & Guide Settings.
Set guides for precise drawing
Guides are another great tool for aligning and placing
one or more objects in the artboard. Unlike the grid, you can place
horizontal or vertical guides anywhere you want. Use the ruler for
exact placement of your custom guides. The same guides persist across
all states in the application.
To add a custom guide, position the cursor over the horizontal
or vertical ruler, and drag toward the artboard. You will see a
guide appear. Release the mouse button to place the guide in the