October 6, 2014
The ability to quickly add multiple guides in Photoshop has arrived! Access this new feature and customize the options by selecting View > New Guide Layout. Not only can you enter the number of Columns and Rows that you need, but you can also choose the Width or Height, Gutter, Margins and whether or not to Center the Columns. To reuse the guides in multiple images, save the New Guide Layout options as a preset using the Preset drop-down menu. You can also choose to Clear Existing Guides if needed. Here are some examples of the guides you can create.
Columns and Rows with Gutters defined.
Specific Columns Width and Rows with Gutter defined.
Guide Margin defined.
Centered Columns with numeric Width defined.
In addition, you can create guides based on a shape (View > New Guide from Shape). And you’re not limited to only Shape layers, you can create Guides from Type layers and pixel based layers! As you can see from the examples below, the Guides are created based on the bounding box around the contents of the layer
Guides created around Shape Layer.
Guides created around the contents of pixel layer.
Guides created from a Type Layer.
These two new features are going to save me a significant amount of time!
April 2, 2014
When using Guides, I prefer to change from the default Cyan color to something more calming. To do this, select Preferences > Guides, Grid & Slices and either select a color from the drop down list, or, click in the color swatch to the right and choose any color you would like.
March 31, 2014
• Command + R (Mac) | Control + R (Win) quickly displays rulers along the top and left sides of an image in Photoshop.
• Command + ; (Mac) | Control + ; (Win) toggles the visibility of guides.
• Command + ‘ (Mac) | Control + ‘ (Win) toggles visibility of the grid.
April 22, 2013
In the Lightroom 5 beta, you can choose to display guides in the Library (while in Loupe view), the Develop module and during Tethered Capture by selecting View > Loupe Overlay > Guides. To toggle the display of the overlay, select Guides from the menu (or use Command + Option + O (Mac) | Control + Alt + O (Win).
To reposition the guides, Command (Mac) | Control (Win) -drag the intersection of the guides.
May 26, 2011
To quickly set guides in the center of any size and/or resolution Photoshop document, set the Preferences for Units & Rulers to Percentage, show your Rulers (Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + R), and record an action dragging guides to the 50% marks. (You can also select View > New Guide to place the guide at the 50% mark instead of dragging it out from the rulers.) Next time you need guides, simply play the action. For more information about creating actions, please see:
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July 14, 2010
PSCS5 – Command Option (Mac) / Control Alt (Win) + H has always hidden extras such as selection edges, Grid and Guides. Now, when you first use the shortcut, Photoshop will give the option to choose whether to hide extras or hide Photoshop making it easier to choose OS-standard behavior on the Macintosh. In order to define what is an “extra” choose View > Show > Show Extra Options and select from the list.
March 20, 2009
When aligning layers, it’s best to turn on Smart Guides. Use the Move tool to reposition the layers – Smart Guides automatically appear when they are aligned at top, center, bottom, left or right.
March 18, 2009
Place a guide numerically using View / New Guide and Lock using View / Lock Guides or Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + “;” . And finally, when dragging out a guide from the rulers, Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) toggles the orientation of the guide (vertical to horizontal).
March 17, 2009
To change the image size of a document and have the guides in the image resize proportionally, be sure to unlock them by unchecking the View > Lock Guides menu item. If you need them to stay in place, then lock the guides before resizing.
March 16, 2009
To reposition a guide using the Move tool, position the Move tool directly on top of the guide. When the icon changes to a double headed arrow, click and drag to reposition the guide. Drag a guide outside of the image area to quickly delete it. Shift-drag a guide to snap it to the ruler tic marks even is the “snap to” option is turned off (View / Snap To…).
March 4, 2009
Use Preferences / Guides, Grid & Slices to control the Style, Color, and Grid line spacing and subdivisions. Yes, this means that guides can be a soothing neutral gray, not Cyan or Magenta!
March 2, 2009
To quickly display rulers at the top and left of an image, click the View Extras icon in the new Application Bar in Photoshop CS4 and select Show Rulers from the drop down menu, or use the keyboard shortcut, Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + R to toggle the rulers visibility. Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + “;” toggles the visibility of guides and Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + ‘ toggles visibility of grids.