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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August 31, 2010
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).
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 6, 2009
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.
March 5, 2009
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.
March 3, 2009
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.
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.