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Layers Overlapping

Jun 10, 2012, 22:22
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Layers Overlapping
I'm new to this, but figured out how to take 4 images of the same size and using layers, put the images next to and on top of each other, for a very nice array of all 4 images saved as one. Awesome!

Now, though, I'm attempting to do the same thing, but use images of different sizes. Unlike before, when using the "Align" function, the layers are now stacking on top of each other, instead of next to each other.

The only variable I see that is different is that all the images are no longer the same size.

Please advise.

Thanks in advance!Exclamation

Preston
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Jun 11, 2012, 06:41
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RE: Layers Overlapping
(Jun 11, 2012 06:37)ofnuts Wrote:  Are you using the "Align" buttons or the "Distribute" ones?

"Align" puts everything against a common line, so V-align + H-align stacks everything since that produces a common corner to all layers.

"Distribute" spaces thing evenly.

I tried using both, but to no avail.

As a beginner here, all I know is that when I have added a new layer/image, and attempt to align it up against an existing layer, that instead of aligning next to the layer/image, it places it over it.

I'm stumped--as it worked perfectly earlier.

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Jun 11, 2012, 13:13
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RE: Layers Overlapping
(Jun 11, 2012 12:18)ofnuts Wrote:  "Align" (for instance "Alight to the right") gives the same coordinates to all the right sides of the target elements... but it won't change their height, so if they are more or less in a line it will collapse them on the right. In other words lateral align should be used on elements that are in a column, and vertical align on elements that are in a line.

I'm using Align which seems to work fine when working on a smaller pixel width. But I'm working with 4 columns of 499 px, therefore 1996 px wide. When I work at this width, I add an image and move it to the far left column, then adding the next image I attempt to Align it to the Initial image's right edge, but the software keeps laying it down on top of the first image. It's very strange. Again, when I work with a more narrow space, for instance 3 images of 499 px, therefore 1497 px wide, this does not happen. Is there a way to manually align the images?

Thanks...Preston
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Jun 11, 2012, 13:48
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RE: Layers Overlapping
(Jun 11, 2012 12:18)ofnuts Wrote:  "Align" (for instance "Alight to the right") gives the same coordinates to all the right sides of the target elements... but it won't change their height, so if they are more or less in a line it will collapse them on the right. In other words lateral align should be used on elements that are in a column, and vertical align on elements that are in a line.

Here is what I'm seeing "Before" and "After" attempting to align the top center image, up against the far left image's right edge using the "Align" button.

I hope this offers some visual clarification. I am computer proficient--but not feeling it today! LOL

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Jun 11, 2012, 16:22
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RE: Layers Overlapping
(Jun 11, 2012 16:11)ofnuts Wrote:  As I said above, "Align" aligns edges on the same side... it will align a right edge to another right edge to form an even column, not a right edge to a left edge as you seem to want to do (by the way, there are 6 align buttons, with 6 align modes, it would hep to be a bit more precise in your descriptions, I assume you are using "|<-", relative to "First item").

If all your images are the same width, use "Distribute". Otherwise use guides (but at 200% zoom it is very easy to see if you are right on the spot).

Okay, well Distribute is not working either and they are all the same width. How do I use the Guides, before I throw in the towel on this whole thing.
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Jun 11, 2012, 16:32
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RE: Layers Overlapping
(Jun 11, 2012 16:23)ofnuts Wrote:  
(Jun 11, 2012 13:13)preston Wrote:  I'm using Align which seems to work fine when working on a smaller pixel width. But I'm working with 4 columns of 499 px, therefore 1996 px wide. When I work at this width, I add an image and move it to the far left column, then adding the next image I attempt to Align it to the Initial image's right edge, but the software keeps laying it down on top of the first image. It's very strange. Again, when I work with a more narrow space, for instance 3 images of 499 px, therefore 1497 px wide, this does not happen. Is there a way to manually align the images?
I would have to see this with my own eyes to believe it. In the meanwhile I prefer to assume that you are overlooking some difference (such as a layer with a large transparent area).

You can always move the layers by hand using the Move (Move) tool. You can also set up guides around a layer (Layer/Transparency/Alpha to selection, then Image/Guides/New guides form selection) so that positioning the other image around it is easier.

Thanks, I just used the Move tool and will crop the edges. I'm sure I'm missing something on Distribute, but have been at this now about 24 hours. It's always quicker when someone is looking over your shoulder saying, "no, this is how you do it..." I appreciate your help! -Preston
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