Today we are going to be stepping up our Photoshop knowledge and learning about Guides.
Guides are simply horizontal and vertical lines that you can position anywhere in the document window. These lines will not be printed.
So, why would you want to use guides? Well, objects and tools that are dragged close to a guide are magnetically attracted to the guide and snap to it. You easy can align objects precisely.
To use guides, choose:
Edit –> Preferences –> Guides, Grids and Slices
To place the guides, follow these steps:
1. Make sure the rulers are visible in your image. Choose View –> Rulers to display them. It should look like this.
Mine are very haphazard and there are a bunch on there. I did that to show you what guides can do.
A few things you can do with Guides:
- Turn the Snap to Guides feature on and off. Choose View –> Snap To –> Guides
- Lock all guides so you don’t accidentally move them. Choose View –> Lock Guides
- Remove all guides and start over. Choose View –> Clear Guides
- Change a horizontal guide to a vertical guide. Press the Alt key as you drag the Guide.
- Align a guide at a precise location on the ruler. Press the Shift key as you drag the guide to force it to snap to the ruler ticks.
- Create a new guide in a precise location. Choose View –> New Guide, click the Horizontal or Vertical option and type a distance from the ruler where you want the new guide to go.
Pretty easy, right?
Photoshop also allows you to put Grids on images.
Here are a few differences between Guides and Grids:
- Grids are like Guides in that they are reference lines in your image.
- Objects and tools can optionally snap to the lines on a grid. View –> Snap To –> Grids
- You can show or hide grids. View –> Show –> Grid
- You can change the color of the grid and choose solid lines, dashed lines, or dots for the grid. Choose –>Edit –> Preferences –> Guides, Grids or Slices (same screen as above).
- You can specify the distance between grid lines.
This is all I have for today. I would love for you guys to play around with guides and grids and get familiar with them. They are really helpful tools if you need to add text to images. I know I need help when I add text to make sure everything lines up properly!
Next week we will be talking about the different Color Modes.
Get ready for lots of information next week!