How to vertically center text in a box in Illustrator CS5


How do I vertically center text in a box in Illustrator CS5? I cannot find a way to do that; in InDesign, it's a click away!

12/14/2018 8:11:00 PM

Accepted Answer

From Illustrator text Vertical Align (check the link for tutorial):

I noticed in a few forums people wanting to use vertical align and a little frustrated at why they can’t. The reason is that Illustrator isn’t a layout application (and neither is photoshop) though people use it for that purpose. InDesign is the layout application and yes InDesign has vertical alignment of text boxes.

If you want a text to be centered vertically with the image holder, select the items you want to align and use the “align” pallet. You also might want to play around with the “align to” area in the bottom right part of the palette. Also to note is that when you have at least two objects selected the icons in the align palette show up at the top in the toolbar.

The trick is the change of mindset, don’t align the text to the text area, but the text area to something else.

9/26/2012 9:08:00 PM

The "key object" align function is really handy for this.

  1. Select the objects in question (presumably your text frame and an image or background.

  2. Click on your key object again, that's the area you're aligning to. You'll notice that it gets a selection border that's three or four times thicker than normal.

  3. Now you'll find that the align to indicator (in the panel or the control bar) shows a little key icon. When you use any align option, everything aligns itself to that object.