Posts tagged "Rulers"

September 11, 2015

Be My Guide!

In an earlier post Creating Accurate Ruler Guides in Illustrator, I had shared some tips on creating ruler guides in Illustrator. In this post, I share some improvements around those experiences that have been in Illustrator CC for some time now. These changes make working with guides much easier, and almost similar to working with guides in InDesign.

1. To create a guide: Double-click the ruler.


2. To create a guide accurately at a marked ruler division: Shift + Double-click the ruler.

In the example below, I pressed Shift and double-clicked on the ruler at: x=105. The guide was created at x=108, because 108 is the closest marked division from the point of click.

Shift + Double-click

3. To create horizontal and vertical guides simultaneously: Press Cmd (Mac) or Ctrl (Windows) and drag from the ruler’s origin point.

Cmd/Ctrl + Drag


Guides are like railings on a staircase. Distracting at times, but keep you safe from falling off (the visual grid).

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May 20, 2010

Ruler updates in Illustrator CS5

Based on PostScript model, Illustrator’s artboard position was defined in the first quadrant. This means that the rulers originated from the bottom left of the artboard. In Illustrator CS4, we introduced multiple artboards, but ruler-origin remained the same – at bottom left of the first artboard.


In Illustrator CS5, there has been a significant functional update in ruler. Illustrator CS5 now has a new kind of rulers, called the Artboard Rulers. The origin of these new rulers are at the top-left of ‘each‘ artboard. Which means that each artboard can have its own custom ruler-origin.



If usage of rulers is common in your design process in Illustrator, here are a few things of interest in AiCS5:

  • With this update positive vertical increment happen in the Y-axis when going from top to bottom, similar to other applications like InDesign and Photoshop.
  • When changing the ruler origin, pattern fills used to get re-tiled and their appearance changed. With Artboard Rulers, ruler-origin changes do not affect pattern fills.
  • For those using scripts, the existing scripts from older versions would continue to work the same way. They need not be modified to updated coordinates.

Here a great video on Adobe TV by Mordy Golding that explains this.

Contributed by Neeraj Nandkeolyar, Illustrator Workflow Team

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June 23, 2009

Creating Accurate Ruler Guides in Illustrator

Contributed by Neeraj Nandkeolyar, Illustrator Workflow Team

Haven’t we all tried to create ruler guides as accurately as possible, but after zooming in we found the guides were off? This is one of the reasons why most of us drag ruler guides out at maximum zoom. Here are some quick ways to get accurate ruler guides, without having to work zoomed in.

Choose the desired ruler units, either from Preferences, or control-click (on Mac) or right-click (on Win) on the rulers.



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