I use Illustrator to create a lot of diagrams, flow charts and organisation charts and I really hoped that when we made the switch from CS5 to CC that this would have been introduced by now!
I'm wondering whether I should just use InDesign instead, but the arrow set there is just plain ugly!
Illustrator isn't as fully equipped for layout application as InDesign because it is not fundamentally for that. However, there are work arounds to still do so. Of course, it will take some more time.
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 "key object" align function is really handy for this.
align toindicator (in the panel or the control bar) shows a little key icon. When you use any align option, everything aligns itself to that object.
Thanks KatViv I was already aware of the alignment tools and the key object, and while I agree Illustrator is not a layout app and should never encroach on the capability of InDesign in that respect, the feature has been requested many times in the past over the years and it's so basic and fundamental to design layout that it is laughable to see it is still excluded.
I want to be able to set the parameter and then not have to worry that when an additional line of text gets added I won't need to go back a re-align my work.
Adobe shouldn't make this choice. I am using Illustrator to setup text, because Adobe for some reason wouldn't let me make a text as an object without the text box in inDesign. The the fxxx can't they just ad these three bottoms to align text to top, middle or bottom? I dont get it. It really makes me mad..... I pay for this and I try to make money. So please get this feature into Illustrator.
It's an aggravating marketing decision by Adobe, probably to get you to use InDesign (which is a great application, but not at all suitable for drawing diagrams). There's no good reason why vertical justification isn't allowed--it would save vast amounts of time, just being able to centre blocks of text within diagram elements, or as I'm doing today making sure business card details sit at the bottom boundary and work upwards. Thankfully I'm using CorelDraw most of the time now so I have to put up with Illustrator less and less. AI is the big, sluggish, awkward lemon in the Adobe CC Suite. If only I didn't have to deal with AI files every day.....my blood pressure problems would be over...
You can make text on a path, in a spline, on a mesh, on a sphere and 1.000 other ways. So Adobe want me to do all my work in Illustrator and then go to inDesign just to ad my text? They wouldn't even let me do the text in InDesign and copy paste it into Illustrator. Makes me mad.
This thread's so old I can't believe this is still an outstanding bug in AI CC 2018- can someone please point me towards the solution?
I'm afraid there is none, until Adobe pull their finger out.
This 'bug' has been around since day 0 but the Illustrator team would much rather focus on how to accommodate the newbie with their properties panel or goofy tools like puppet warp .... not forgetting the zillions of bugs they like to throw in with each release!
A simple work efficiency extra like this, nah mate it's not worth their time.
So it turns out there is a way to centrally and vertically align text in a box (not so helpful if you only want to do so vertically but this might help out a few of you). It involves the use of the 'Covert to Shape ...' live effect in the Appearance Panel. Kudos goes out to Sebastian Bleak for pointing this one out:
Just a word on aligning objects to these shapes. Make sure you enable 'Use Preview Bounds' in Preferences > General if you want to align anything to the shape rather than the text.
It's not EXACTLY what we need, but that is certainly a cool technique! Thanks for sharing. That Appearance panel has so many hidden gems.
I like your eagerness Jess, but this is not a bug (hence the inverted commas in my comment) it is a feature request, and a sorely lacking one at that!
There are already a number of requests just ready for your vote:
Hang on- isn't the fact that the align tool isn't working on text boxes, in this respect, a bug?