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How to find the center of an image – using Photoshop CS5 – per Deke’s tips

on June 6, 2010

How to find the center of an image – using Photoshop CS5

Tip from Deke McClelland –
Open your image. If it is a Background layer, first make it a new layer – neither of the two methods listed work on Background layers. Press Control-R (Command -R on the Mac) to bring up the rulers on the top and side. Zoom out on your image so that you can see the whole image and then choose Select All (Control-A on PC / Command A on Mac). Next, choose the Move tool (V) and check the box in the Options bar “Show Transform Controls”. This shows a “target” mark in the center of your image – simply move a ruler guide to the mark and snap it in place. You can show/hide the guide by using the shortcut Control-semi-colon ( Control-; ) .
A similar method is to simply choose Control-T  for transform (from the Edit menu – Free Transform). You will again see a “target” mark in the center of image so that you can move a ruler guide to mark it.

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6 responses to “How to find the center of an image – using Photoshop CS5 – per Deke’s tips

  1. Nerissa says:

    Excelent tip, thank you!

  2. Ian Monteith says:

    Thanks. One correction though: selecting the Move tool is just “V”, not “Cntrl-V”.

    • cjswartz says:

      Good catch !! Ouch!! I use “V” all the time, and still didn’t catch the error when I proofread.
      Cntrl-V will paste whatever you copied into your clipboard – I use that all the time also – but still didn’t catch it.

      Thanks for the correction.

      • Louise says:

        Article still mentions CTR+V
        Citation: Next, choose the Move tool (Control-V)

        But great article, now I can keep on my work 😉 Thank you

      • Cj says:

        LOL – It’s been so long that I don’t remember whether I forgot to change it or simply did it wrong when I tried to change the text. Will change it now… maybe

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