Since there are many different Alignment tools with very similar names and icons, it may be difficult to keep them all straight if you’re unfamiliar with them. This article discusses the different types of alignment tools and their specific functions.
Understanding alignment tools
It’s important to understand that nearly every Alignment tool is dependent on the primary markup, designated by yellow control points, while all other markups will have green control points. Revu will reposition the other markups in your selection respective to the primary markup.
To designate a primary markup:
- Select multiple markups. The first markup selected will become the primary markup by default. If you need tips for selecting multiple markups, read Easy ways to master markup selection.
- To change the primary markup, click a markup with green control points. The control points become yellow to show the current primary markup.
To access the Alignment tools, right-click on the markup and then select one of the tools from the Alignment dropdown.
Positional alignment tools
These tools affect the position of the markups relative to the primary markup, or the center of the document.
- Align Left (Ctrl+Alt+L) : Aligns the left edges of two or more markups to the left edge of the primary markup.
- Align Top (Ctrl+Alt+T) : Aligns the top edges of two or more markups to the top edge of the primary markup.
- Align Right (Ctrl+Alt+R) : Aligns the right edges of two or more markups to the right edge of the primary markup.
- Align Bottom (Ctrl+Alt+B) : Aligns the bottom edges of two or more markups to the bottom edge of the primary markup.
- Align Middle (Ctrl+Atl+M) : Aligns the vertical middle of two or more markups to the vertical middle of the primary markup.
- Align Center (Ctrl+Alt+E) : Aligns the horizontal center of two or more markups to the horizontal center of the primary markup.
- Center in Document : Aligns the centers of one or more markups to the center of the page.
Place markups in a straight line
Placing markups on a straight line can be useful for a variety of purposes, such as placing several markups along a wall on a floorplan.
- Select the markups that you want to align.
- Right-click on the markup you want to align to. This will become your primary markup.
- From the right-click menu, click Alignment, then select the appropriate tool. Use Align Middle for horizontal lines, or Align Center for vertical lines.
These tools allow you to copy the exact width and/or height from a primary markup and apply them to the other selected markups — even if they aren’t the same type.
- Align Width : Makes two or more markups the same width as the primary markup.
- Align Height : Makes two or more markups the same height as the primary markup.
- Align Size : Makes two or more markups the same height and width as the primary markup.
Aligning markup size
You can use the Alignment tools to resize your markups to match the anchor markup.
- Select multiple markups.
- Right-click on the markup you want to resize the other markups to.
The primary markup will have yellow control points, while the rest of the markups will have green control points.
- Click Alignment, then select one of the tools listed above.
These tools reposition markups so that the spaces between their centers are equidistant.
- Distribute Horizontally : Distributes three or more markups along their horizontal plane.
- Distribute Vertically : Distributes three or more markups along their vertical plane.
Dividing a space evenly
Using Distribute Horizontally or Distribute Vertically , you can divide the space between markups evenly. This could work extremely well in situations where you might need to divide a space into separate rooms, for example.
- First, place the markups on the page.
- Select the desired markups.
- Right-click on any markup.
- Click Alignment, then select one of the above Distribution tools.
These tools change the direction a markup is facing across its horizontal or vertical axis. The markup’s position is retained.
- Flip Horizontal (Ctrl+Alt+H) : Flips one or more markups horizontally.
- Flip Vertical (Ctrl+Alt+V) : Flips one or more markups vertically.
Simply right-click on the markup you would like to flip, click Alignment, then choose one of the Flip tools, or use the Alignment Toolbar.
If you have more questions, please take a look at the Alignment toolbar section in the Revu Help Manual.