The Align Tool

Updated on: January 6, 2015

Hello and welcome to our video series on the Gimp. Now in this video, I'm gonna introduce you to the Align Tool, another one of the Transform Tools we're working with.

align tool

Basically, just click on this icon. It brings up our options down here on the bottom or a quick shortcut would be just pressing on the letter Q, as in Queen, on your keyboard and that will get you here as well. Now, frankly I've never used this Align Tool because it basically just moves object within your image to other parts of your image. I just use the Move Tool so I may sound a little bit rusty in all things alignments and that's basically why.

align tool

Just a quick introduction here. One thing that we can do is.. Let's make a selection here using our Rectangle Tool because we want to align everything somewhere within all these box here, what we just selected. Now we go back over here to our Alignment Tool and on our drop-down box, we wanna make this relative to the Selection.

align tool

Let's go with the yellow box up here, click on that, and you can see these four dots in all four corners here. And then, come down here and, depending on where you want to align it to, let's say we want to align it to the corner here, you just click on the "Left Edge of Target". And there we've moved it to the left edge, straight across. Now, if we want to move it to the top of what we've selected, click on this and it moves it to the left edge top.

align tool

And of course you move to the far right edge, and so on. Now in this box here, we can do the same thing. Again, this is our selection here, the big box. Click on the blue box here and now this has the four dots. And again, we can move it over to the far left and we wanna go to the bottom. Now again, myself call me crazy but I will just use the Move Tool and do the same exact thing. So I'm sure that there's reasons behind the use of the Align Tool. I just haven't figured it out myself but that's a quick introduction to the Alignment Tool. Hope you learned something. Hope you are able to apply this at some future endeavor of yours using the Gimp. Thank you very much for watching and have a great day!

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