Using Document Guides

Using Document Guides

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Use Guides in Photoshop



Guides and Grid Lines are essential for document layout. Once they are in place, it simplifies object placement, drawing shapes and making selections.

For more information on Grids and Snapping to Grids and Guides, see topics, Using Document Grids and Snapping to Guides and Grid.


Step One

Open a new 500 pixel by 500 pixel Photoshop document (File > New).

Step Two

Display the Rulers by choosing View > Rulers.

Step Three

Drag two Guides from the horizontal ruler, then drag two Guides from the vertical ruler. The Guides should form a box shape.

Step Four

Guides can be customized in the program's Preferences panel (Photoshop > Preferences > Guides, Grid and Slices). For PC users, the preferences are in the Edit menu. You can also open the Guide Preferences by double-clicking a Guide with the Move tool (v key).

Step Five

Select the Rectangular Marquee Selection tool and click-drag within the Guide box. If the Snap feature isn't working, make sure it is activated in the View menu.

Step Six

To fill your selection with the Foreground color, press Option/Delete (PC - Alt/Backspace).

Moving the Guides

Once the Guides are added, you can readjust them with the Move tool (v key). To Lock the guide and prevent any movement, choose View > Lock Guides.

Clearing Guides

To clear all the Guides in the workspace, choose View > Clear Guides.

Guides at a Specific Location

To add a Guide at a specific position in your document, choose View > New Guide.