Painting With Guides

Painting With Guides

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Paint with Guides in Photoshop



By adding a series of Guides to your document, you can paint well defined horizontal and vertical strokes.

Since you can also stroke a select with a paint brush, Guides can be used set the boundaries for your selection. With snapping turned on, new selections snap to any existing Guides in the document.

For more information on stroking a selection with a line, see topic, Stroke Selection With a Line. For additional information on Guides, see topic, Using Document Guides.


Step One

Open a new document in Photoshop (File > New). Set the size to 500 pixels by 500 pixels at 72 ppi. Set Background Contents to White.

Step Two

Open the Rulers by choosing View > Rulers (Cmd/r (PC - Ctrl/r).

Step Three

Click-drag from the Horizontal Ruler to the workspace to add a Guide.

Step Four

Click-drag from the Vertical Ruler to the workspace to add a Guide.

Step Five

Select the Brush tool (b key), set the Foreground color and click at one end of the Horizontal Guide off the document.

Step Six

Press and hold the Shift key, then click with the Brush tool at the other end of the guide off of the document. A straight line is added to the workspace.

Step Seven

Click the Rectangular Marquee tool (m key), then draw a rectangle that ends at the junction between your two Guides. Notice how the selection snaps to the Guides. If the Snap feature isn't working, try choosing View > Snap to enable the feature.

Step Eight

You can now paint within the selected area.

Feathering the Edge

In the Marquee tool options (Step Seven) you can set the selection feather. For softer edges, you may want to increase the Feather value.

Removing and Hiding Guides

To remove all Guides, choose View > Clear Guides. If you need to temporarily hide them select View > Show Guides (Cmd/; (apostrophe)(PC - Ctrl/;)).


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