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Fri, Apr 29, 2011 12:56 AM

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Photoshop: Custom Guides (groupable, colorable, nameable guides)

Hi! I've been thinking this for quite a while, and I know most of the web designers out there have the same need... groupable, colorable, nameable guides.

It's important to use guides. But sometimes it gets a little messy.

What would be perfect is if guides had their own layer-style format. And each group, or layer, had an asigned color. You could turn on and off visibility of specific groups, or just turn them all off by hitting cmd + H, as we do today.

This would make photoshop THE perfect software for web design.

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5 years ago

The update for Photoshop CC 2015.1 that was released today features the ability to have artboard specific guides: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/usi...

Preferences> Guides, Grids & Slices

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

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Cool feature added for sure.

But do you know if Adobe is planning on adding the feature everyone is asking for on this thread? (Group sets and custom colors for grids)

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It's a top request so it's certainly possible. (Sorry, can't give a definitive answer)

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

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Thank you for the response.
I see you're also fighting fires on the El Capitan front, which is definitely a priority.

I'm having the same issues with my new computer. It's frustrating.
Even After Effects is having trouble keeping pace with the simplest animations

Thanks again

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9 years ago

Great point FedericP.

Have you tried to use Paths as guides? You can use path tool to draw your own, custom guides.

But there is a little problem with it. The displayed Path will take a precedence when attempting Free Transform.
Here's how to 'trick' Photoshop.

Select targeted Layer and select your Path 'guide'. Press cmd-h to hide the path - initiate Free Transform on targeted Layer - press cmd-h to view path again - continue Free Transform on the targeted Layer while viewing the paths as your guide.

A little work around, but an excellent way to follow precise custom guides - without guides! ;)

I hope this helps ;)

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76 Points

9 years ago

Enable guides to be placed in a layer set so they can be copied to other files for use as a template and have multiple sets of guides - handy for more complex layouts (different sets can be turned on/off).

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop: Enable guides to be placed in a layer set.

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9 years ago

I agree, many colors and groups for guides would help very much, as well as the possibility to save such groups and reuse them in other docs. To the same time a more differentiated removement would also be helpful. Not only one or all. We would be able to select many and remove them in one go.

Colored guides

Of course in the ideal case, we would be able to color/recolor them anytime.
But even a simplified version would help: having 2 or 3 standard colored guides and creating them holding an additional key. Hence our guides would look as currently, but holding down CTR while creation we would obtain the second color and pressing ALT instead would lead to the third color. I suppose that 3 colors would be able to answer the most of our needs.

Group and delete guides

Do we currently double click a guide, then the preferences dialog appears. I suggest to open a guide manager instead, when we hold down CTR or ALT while double clicking. Photoshop would list there the guides and allow them to be grouped or deleted.

Thanks, Michael

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62 Points

9 years ago

I think it'd be great if we could potentially color code and label every smart guide. Maybe by right clicking a smart guide. It would also be sweet to even have smart guide layers. So if you have a giant master copy of a file you could have different sets of smart guides you can turn on and off to show various grided sets you've made. I deal with this on a daily basis. It would prove incredibly helpful when we port games to different screen sizes for mobile. Otherwise I end up making vector lines on layers that just represent those sizes. It ends up adding more confusion to my documents.

These improvements would greatly improve my Adobe experience.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Smart Guide Improvements.

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118 Points

9 years ago

Have an easy way to save guide to transfer them to different document and be able to create guide by the path tool. Also have a guides for CD labels.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Guide Template and Different angles guide.

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62 Points

9 years ago

Customize guide lines:
Being able to change color / group them into folders (show / hide). In this way we can differentiate and segment.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Customize guide lines.

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1K Points

9 years ago

Saveable Guide Sets:
It would be great if there was a way of saving and swapping out sets of guides in Photoshop, so one can avoid cluttering up and confusing oneself with dozens of guidelines all over the screen.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Saving Multiple Sets of Guides.

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2.7K Points

9 years ago

I often add two sets of guides to a document in photoshop. One may be a trim size and another is the 'live' area.
Sometimes there are guides for alignment and other guides for cropping.
Please add the ability to create guides of different color on the same document? It would help organize all the blue lines currently on my files.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop: Guides in different colors on same document?.

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102 Points

9 years ago

It seems that guides are applied to the entire photoshop project, I would like to be able to save guides to a layer so that I can turn them on and off and then have multiple guide layers.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop: Is there a way to save guides to a layer.

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62 Points

9 years ago

Hi Adobe, Just want some minor request, id been using photoshop for years. Just wondering if you guys can come up with a feature that will allow users to make the rulers have different colours. Many users uses rulers like crazy just like me and its a bit confusing seeing all the rulers in blue color.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop: Request Regarding Guides : colored guides.

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62 Points

9 years ago

Hallo,

Eine wirkliche Neuerung wäre es, wenn man die einzelnen Hilfslinien gruppieren könnte.
Ich arbeite sehr viel mit Photshop und entwerfe da zb. Mehrseitige Layout ́s wo ich auch eine große Menge Hilfslinien für die einzelnen Layout ́s habe.

Schön wäre es um mehr übersicht zu haben, die mehrere Hilfslinien in einer Gruppe zu grupieren die man getrennt von anderen Hilfslinien ausblenden könnte.

Viele Grüße und Danke für euer wundervolles Produkt.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Hilfslinien gruppieren.

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Melissa's translation:

Hello,

A real innovation there, if you want to group the individual guides could be.
I work a lot with Photshop and designing since eg. S multi-page layout, where I also have a large amount of auxiliary lines for each layout's have.

It would be nice to have more overview, the Grupi several guides a group in which one could hide separated from other guides.

Many greetings and thanks for your wonderful product.

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

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98 Points

9 years ago

Hi there!

I agree with Anna and Emily. Multiple guides sets could be really interesting: I'm wireframing quite a lot with Photoshop, and I use guides all the time. I like to keep my guides in case I have to enhance later an already worked out area, but then, my stage becomes easily noisy and it's hard to find my kittens.

One workaround could consist in using shared objects, to get one set per object, but it's not the main purpose of these and it could add unneeded complexity.

With JavaScript for the activeDocument, is it possible to retrieve the document guides list? Maybe I'm wrong, but I didn't find anything like that with CS5. It could be helpful to create a panel to store/retrieve guides sets into document metadata.

el'

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98 Points

9 years ago

Hi there!

I agree with Anna and Emily. Multiple guides sets could be really interesting: I'm wireframing quite a lot with Photoshop, and I use guides all the time. I like to keep my guides in case I have to enhance later an already worked out area, but then, my stage becomes easily noisy and it's hard to find my kittens.

One workaround could consist in using shared objects, to get one set per object, but it's not the main purpose of these and it could add unneeded complexity.

With JavaScript for the activeDocument, is it possible to retrieve the document guides list? Maybe I'm wrong, but I didn't find anything like that with CS5. It could be helpful to create a panel to store/retrieve guides sets into document metadata.

el'

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Check out Paul Riggott’s Script here:
http://forums.adobe.com/thread/932834...

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Rooooohhhh, great! ;o)

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62 Points

9 years ago

Multiple Guide Colors. Have one color guides for my slices, another for image alignment, etc.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Multiple Colors for Guides.....