So I just googled this and read some pretty bad articles on how you can’t vertically align your text in illustrator. I say bad because of the attitude of the person writing the article. Not because of what they were accomplishing. Anyway, I just wanted to write a little snippet on how to accomplish vertical text align in illustrator.
Update: I just want to put in a little update here. 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. Workflow is vital when designing with adobe. My workflow is like this, in case anyone cares , photoshop is strictly for raster image manipulation. Things like digital painting, changing photographs, ect. are done in photoshop. I use Illustrator for vector illustrations and simple single page layouts such as posters or website comps. InDesign is used for multi page layouts. I use the “place” functionality a lot when the areas overlap each other. End of my rant.
First, you need to decide what you are aligning your text with. You can’t, be very definition, align something to nothing, or even itself.
So here I have three text boxes next to three image holders.
Now I want the text to be centered vertically with the image holder. (Note that my bounding box is close to the edge of my text). So I select the two Items I want to align and use the “align” pallet.
And now just click the right selection. 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.
And that is how you vertically align text. The trick is the change of mindset, don’t align the text to the text area, but the text area to something else.