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How To Add Guides In Photoshop
Photoshop grids and guides are great tools to use when it comes to making editing your photos tha much easier.
You can use them if you need to straighten lines in a photo, or when you are creating a layout.
There are lots of different things that they can be used for to help you out when you are editing a photo.
This might all sound like exactly what you are looking for, but how exactly do you add guides when you are using Photoshop?
This is something that you will need to find out if you want to benefit from all of the benefits that guides and grids have to offer in Photoshop.
In this article, we are going to show you exactly how you can add guides in Photoshop, so you can make the editing process easier.
Guides can be really beneficial time-savers when it comes to editing photos, so it makes sense to utilize the benefits that they have to offer when you can.
How To Use Grids And Guides In Photoshop
Guides can be really helpful to use in Photoshop, but you might also want to consider using grids at times too.
The tools that you are going to use in Photoshop will all depend on what you are trying to achieve, but both grids and guides can be really beneficial to your entire editing process.
We are going to explain how to use both of these below.
How To Use Grids In Photoshop
Before we show you how to create guides in Photoshop, we thought that we would take a look at the grid tool.
The grid is non-printing, and it can be really helpful when it comes to aligning objects or laying out elements symmetrically.
Some of the people that tend to use grids in Photoshop the most are those that are architect or landscape photographers, as it makes it much easier to straighten up things like buildings or horizons.
However, anyone can use them if they find them to be beneficial to their work, which many people do.
Thankfully, it is really easy to create a grid using Photoshop, and we are going to explain exactly how you can do it yourself below.
Step 1 – Adding A Grid
You will first need to open a file or create a new one. Once you have your photo loaded and ready to go, you will need to click on ‘view’, which you can find in the top left corner of your screen.
Next, you will need to click on ‘show’ and then ‘grid’ in order to add the grid to your workspace. The grid will then show itself straight away.
The grid is made up of lines and dotted lines, and you will be able to edit the appearance of the lines, units, and subdivisions.
Step 2 – Editing Your Grid Preferences
Once you have the grid up on your screen, you can go to ‘edit’, then ‘preferences’ and select the ‘guides, grid and slices’ option.
A new window will pop up on your screen, and you can access this to edit your preferences.
You will be able to change both the color of the lines and their appearance so you can see them better on your screen.
For example, if you have blue lines and you are editing a picture of the sea, then you might want to change the color of the grid lines to make them more visible.
The most important thing that you might need to change is how far apart you want the grid lines to be from each other.
Depending on the project that you are working on, you might also want to set a specific number of subdivisions that you want to have between the main lines.
Step 3 – Snapping
If you want Photoshop to help you to place objects, then you might want to enable snapping by going to ‘view’ and then ‘snap to’ . You will then need to select the ‘grid’ option.
You should now notice that objects will slot into place on your grid. Once you have finished making your edits, you can turn off the grid to check on how your photo is coming along.
How To Add Guides In Photoshop
Guides have a similar purpose to grids, but the main difference is that you will be able to create every guideline yourself. We will explain more about how to add guides in Photoshop below.
Step 1 – Adding The Ruler
Before you will be able to add guides to your project, you will first need to add rulers to your workspace. You can do this by clicking on ‘view’ and then selecting ‘rulers’.
Two rulers will appear. You can change your ruler preferences by going to ‘preferences’ and selecting ‘units and rulers’. A new pop up window will open, where you can set the units and other preferences.
Step 2 – Add Your Guides
To add guides in Photoshop, you will need to click on one of the rulers and drag a guide onto your photo or layout. To move a guide, you will need to make sure that you have selected the moving tool.
Next, click on a guide and simply drag it to move it. Once you have created all of your guides, you can lock them in so they don’t move around accidentally.
To do this, you need to click on ‘view’ and select ‘lock guides’. This will ensure that they do not move.
Step 3 – Snapping
Just like with grids, you can also add snapping to your guides by going to ‘view’, ‘snap to’ and ‘guides’. This will make objects snap or click into place along your guides.
Step 4 – Remove And Hide Guides
Once you have finished editing your photo, you can then proceed to clear or hide the guides in Photoshop, so you can see your final product better.
To get rid of the guides completely, you will need to go to ‘view’ and select ‘clear guides’ If you want to hide them or make them reappear, you will need to go to ‘view’ and select ‘show and select guides’.