How to Center Things in Photoshop

Learn how to align anything to center of almost everything in Photoshop with a very easy and amazing technique. Using this Photoshop shortcut, you can align layer in center, selection to center, image in center, object and put text in center perfectly.


Moving your image to center using your intuition is dangerous, you are bound to miss a pixel here and there if not more. This technique allows Photoshop to center objects automatically and accurately, pixel by pixel. In this video, we are going to learn one basic method that will solve all your centering problems in Photoshop. To demonstrate, I have 6 examples to show you on what conditions you might use this technique.

It is easy to align anything to the center of the whole canvas. Of course you can use guides and your objects will snap to the center if that feature is on. But what if you want to center anything in the middle of an object, image or mask or any other thing? That’s when this technique comes into play. No more using arrow keys again and again to make sure that you image is in center.

In the first example, we are going to align text to center. To do this, we will make sure that the text layer is selected, and then, we will make a selection of the whole canvas or the document either using the rectangular marquee tool or using the shortcut Ctrl/Command + A. Then, we’ll go ahead and select the move tool. Upon selecting the move tool, there will appear a bunch of icons on the toolbar, all of them determine the position of the layer selected. We will simply click on align horizontally and align vertically button and the image will automatically align itself.

In the second example, we will align and center an object in Photoshop. Here too, the same steps will be applied. Similarly if you want to center an image, simply import the image and follow the same steps. But the real trick comes into action when we want to center an object, text or image in the center of another object.

Suppose you have created a frame in the middle of which you want to center you image. Or, maybe you have created a rectangle box or placeholder for text, and you want to center your text in the middle of the rectangle either vertically or horizontally or both. In that case, instead of selecting the whole canvas, we will have to make a selection only around that object and follow the same steps. Now, how to select the object? Press and hold Ctrl/Command and click on the object layer.

Similarly, I’ll also explain how you can create end points in the middle of which you desire to keep your object. Hope this video helps you and if it did, make sure to give us a thumbs up and do subscribe for more videos like this in future.

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  1. Cronux Reaper says:

    Thanks as always for the tips! From Philippines.

  2. Imran Khan says:

    Your videos are very informative and perfect quality. All the best.

  3. Godinary Frimpong says:

    PiXimperfect Hi, please do you have a full course on photoshop and illustrator that can buy???

  4. InsanityGames says:

    didn't work 🙁 still luv u pls call me

  5. InsanityGames says:

    Help indian man, button is greyed out i need help

  6. InsanityGames says:

    Why does he look like he is not a real human being?

  7. Raynel Gonzalez says:

    Nice ty..

  8. Jesse James says:

    This isn't working. Two lines of text are clearly not in-line.

  9. Protarhuri Olli Leppisaari says:

    Many thanks!

  10. Saving Together says:

    I know this is an old post but can you please tell me how you got the distance from the canvas to be visible at exactly 3:19 in the video. It is not working for me on Mac.

  11. Muawiya says:

    Woah! Thankyou.

  12. Frith's Sake says:

    What if I use the CS3 photoshop program? Would it be the same too?

  13. Debojit Rabha says:

    So no one watched till the end? 👏👏👏

  14. r n says:

    U r such a good teacher… please teach after effects too

  15. Alberto Diaz says:

    Your tutorials are amazing and easy to follow! Thanks!

  16. Hasan Rintu says:

    sir i cannot align 2 triangles, one little small one little big. they cannot align perfectly. but its work perfectly in illustrator. plz give me some solution. i use cc 2020.

  17. kent ladle says:

    this method's called align to selection

  18. The Gurch says:


  19. TheShamansQuestion says:

    who else was blown away? 7:36

  20. TheShamansQuestion says:

    what if you've aligned text with first method and it's still not right?

    when I use move tool and hold control on background image, it reveals that my text box is off by 0.03 cm on one side. It's an odd number but it could still be closer.

    The word is "ignite" (all caps). I'm pretty sure the edge of the 'i' is farther from the box edge than the edges of the 'e'. so the 'e' looks like it's stretching off-centre, but also the measurements of the text box are off anyway. Why? How do I cemtre then without having to manually do it all the time? Is there at least a way to put a crosshare to the textbox to centre to new guides?

  21. The Ink Build Up says:

    Thank You Amigo. I was never able to figure out how to use the alignment in photoshop. I'm more of a Illustrator but i use photoshop as well. Your video explain it perfectly, and honestly, I feel like a fool since it's very simple. haha. thank you again, and sending greetings from Mexico.

  22. wofoyo says:

    Thank you 🌹

  23. Syncronicity says:

    Might watch Dark Knight Rises now

  24. Nadir Abbas says:

    What is wrong with your breathing?

  25. Dusan Pusan says:

    You sing so good man 😀

  26. joe kimberlin says:

    omg, the PS gods smiled upon me today 🙂 just what i needed & so nicely done, thanks! you have a new subscriber 🙂

  27. JOE C says:

    You are a great teacher.

  28. Kulu Gotame says:

    thanks sir

  29. Ron De Leon says:

    Wow he is a singer!7:33

  30. Işsiz Jumex says:

    Thank you so much, i knew this feature on illustrator but i didnt knew it was existed in photoshop, thanks alot. I need to sub you.

  31. michał botor says:

    you've just changed for me photoshop align tool from 'it sucks' (i come from illustrator) to 'it rocks!', thank you!

  32. Matthyly Hooves says:

    I don't even have those icons up there…
    please help I feel really bad

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