Posts tagged "Rulers"

May 30, 2017

Grid, Guides, and Ruler Shortcuts in Photoshop CC

Working with Rulers

  • Command + R (Mac) | Control + R (Win) quickly displays rulers along the top and left sides of a document.
  • To quickly change the ruler’s unit of measurement, Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) within the ruler area to select from the context sensitive menu.
  • To display the Units & Rulers preferences, double click in the ruler area.
  • To change the Ruler’s point of origin (the zero point of the rulers), click and drag the box in the upper left corner of the rulers (where they meet) and reposition.  Double clicking at the intersection of the rulers resets the point of origin to the upper left corner of the open document.

 

  • In order to quickly find the center of an image, set the rulers to percentage and drag out guides to the 50% marks. You can also use View > New guide but I find dragging faster.

Working with Grids

  • Command + ‘ (Mac) | Control + ‘ (Win)  toggles visibility of the grid.
  • To create a grid that displays the “Rule of Thirds” overlay, choose Preferences > Guides, Grid & Slices. Set the “Gridline every:” to 100% and the “Subdivisions” to 3.

Working with Guides

  • To place a single guide at a specific location in a documents, choose View > New Guide. To enter a value that is different than the current units of measurement, type the value and then the unit (px, in, cm, mm, pt, pica, %).

  • To add a guide using the rulers, click in the ruler area, and drag the guide into the document.  Option -drag (Mac) | Alt  -drag (Win) from the ruler to toggle  the orientation of the guide (vertical to horizontal).
  • To add multiple guides at one time, choose 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 guide options as a preset using the drop-down menu. Here are some examples of the guides you can create:
Column Witth defined

Specific Columns Width and Rows with Gutter defined.

Margins defined.

Guide Margin defined.

Centered

Centered Columns with numeric Width defined.

To create a guides based on a shape, choose 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 Shape Layer.

Guides created around content of pixel layer.

Guides created around the contents of pixel layer.

Guides created from Text Layer.

Guides created from a Type Layer.

  • 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.
  • Shift-drag a guide to snap it to the ruler tic marks. Note, this shortcut works even when “snap to” is off (View  / Snap To…).
  • Drag a guide outside of the image area to quickly delete it.
  • Command + ; (Mac) | Control + ; (Win) toggles the visibility of guides.
  • Command + Option  + “;”  (Mac) | Control + Alt  + “;” (Win) locks/unlocks guides (View > Lock Guides). When changing image size of a document, unlock the guides to resize the guides proportionally. Lock them if you need to keep exact numeric values.
  • Guides (and paths) can be difficult to see on high resolution monitors because they are anti-aliased. To make them appear thicker, select Preferences > Performance. In the Graphics Processor Settings, click Advanced Settings and uncheck Anti-alias Guides and Paths. Note: you won’t see the change until you click OK in both the Advanced Graphics Processor Settings and close the Preferences.

Changing the Color of Guides, Grids, and Slices

  • To change the color of the guides (including Smart Guides), grid, and/or slices, 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.
  • To change the visual representation of the guides or grid, use the pull-down menu to choose line, dash, or dotted (Grid only).

Smart Guides

  • Smart Guides can be tremendously helpful for aligning and determining distances between multiple layers as they are being repositioned within a document. Check out the video below to learn how.

Pixel Grid

  • If you Zoom into an image above 500%, a Pixel Grid is displayed on top of the image. This can be especially helpful when trying to align shapes such as  rectangles so that they begin and end on a full pixel (to avoid anti-aliased edges). However, to toggle this off, you can uncheck Pixel View under View > Show Pixel Grid.
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November 11, 2014

Dragging Horizontal and Vertical Guides in Photoshop

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When dragging out a guide out from the ruler, Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win)  toggles the orientation of the guide (vertical to horizontal).

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April 4, 2014

Changing Ruler’s Point of Origin in Photoshop

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The point of origin (or the starting or zero point of the rulers) can be changed by simply clicking and dragging the box in the upper left corner of the rulers (where they meet) and repositioning.  Double clicking at the intersection of the rulers resets the point of origin to the upper left corner of the open document.

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April 3, 2014

Finding the Center of an Image in Photoshop

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To quickly find the center of an image, set the rulers to percentage. Setting the rulers to percentage can also be helpful when recording actions that will  run on files of different sizes where you might want an effect to be applied to a certain percentage of an area.

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April 1, 2014

Changing Ruler Units in Photoshop

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To quickly change Ruler units, double click in the ruler area to display the Units & Rulers preferences. Or, to simply change the ruler’s unit of measurement,  Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) within the ruler area to select from the context sensitive menu. 

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March 31, 2014

Displaying Rulers, Guides and Grid in Photoshop

• 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.

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May 26, 2011

Placing Guides in the Center of a Photoshop Document

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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.)

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August 31, 2010

Measure an Angle

With the Ruler tool selected, drag out the first measurement line. Then, Option (Mac)/ Alt (Win) -drag either end point of the line to create a “protractor”. The angle measured will be displayed in the Option bar (as well as the Info panel).

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March 18, 2009

Additional Guide Shortcuts

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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).

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March 6, 2009

Changing Ruler’s Point of Origin

The point of origin (or the starting or zero point of the rulers) can be changed by simply clicking and dragging the box in the upper left corner of the rulers (where they meet) to reposition. Double clicking at the intersection of the rulers resets the point of origin to the upper left corner of the open document.

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March 5, 2009

Finding the Center of an Image

In order to quickly find the center of an image, set the rulers to percentage. Setting the rulers to percentage can also be helpful when recording action that will be run on files of different sizes where you might want an effect to be applied to a certain percentage of an area.

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March 3, 2009

Changing Ruler Units

To change Ruler units, double click in the ruler area to display the Units & Rulers preferences dialog box, or Control (Mac) /right mouse (Win) the ruler area to access units from the context sensitive menu.

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March 2, 2009

Displaying Rulers, Guides and Grids

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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.

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