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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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84 Messages

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1.7K Points

9 years ago

The same point goes to slices - if there was some sort of slice Layers, groups or colors it'd make things much easier! :-)

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776 Points

9 years ago

I'd like to propose a new layer type — Guide Layers.

Guide Layers would be layers that solely contain guides. They would be individually lockable and the guide color could be assigned on a per-layer basis. Guides within the layer could be moved individually, with multiple selected or as a whole by moving the guide layer as you would any other layer. This would be an invaluable tool for mocking up complex interactive products.

An example:
When working on a site I will create one PSD per major interaction (let's use site registration as an example). The site itself will use a base grid, which will be part of my PSD template. Ideally, the base grid would always be locked. Each part of the registration interaction (which coud include several pages) will be housed in a layer folder of its own. Each one of those interactions will require some guides to help with positioning. However, those guides will only be relevant to elements witin that one layer folder.

Currently, all guides show all the time (unlike Illustrator and InDesign, which keep guides attached to layers and allow you to toggle them on and off). You can only toggle all guides binarily on/off and you have no way of easily hiding a subset of guides. The only workaround is to create a separate PSD for each interaction/page — which leads to a complex, file management nightmare (not to mention a waste of time/disk space, etc.)

This change would be a huge boost in productivity and I hope you'll seriously consider it.

Thanks,
Joe

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Feature Proposal: Guide Layers.

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Hey,

I tought the same way about that, introducing a new layer could be a pretty good solution.

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60 Points

I agree with selectively locking guides, either individual or by group. This would help a ton on responsive website designs. Make it happen Adobe!

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60 Points

9 years ago

It would be so useful to implement the guide layers that are being talked about on here. As others have said, have your own layers panel for guides, being able to lock/unlock, colour code, label etc.

This would be brilliant.

Thanks

Stew

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92 Points

9 years ago

There is a suggestion for “Reference line” of Photoshop.
When I design the layout of website, I use lots of reference lines for difference areas, such as header, nav, content and footer. Sometimes I put lots of lines and frames for a “LIST” in the content area. It will be very hard to recognize the reference lines for the LIST in the content, footer or header. If any function could set different colors of reference lines for difference areas I set, pls keep me informed. Also if I can group the reference lines then set hiding or appearing, that will be wonderful.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop: Group guides and give them different colors.

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92 Points

9 years ago

Hello,

It will perfect with this feature, but why this feature is not already in ? well, wait and see.

Have a good day !
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62 Points

8 years ago

I have been looking for this function for over 2 years. I thought I was to stupid to understand how to do this.

I couldn't imagine in my wildest fantasy that Adobe had over looked such a vital function in a program that is entirely layer based!

Please add this function ASAP. I'm swearing every day over the lack of this functionality...

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674 Points

8 years ago

Here is another "Guides" request.
I have a need for multiple colored guides. Photoshop allows one color of guides.
I often have images that I need to provide cropping guides for the client. And often the same photo needs to be cropped several different ways depending on the final use. It would be valuable to be able to put more than one set of guides using different colors to show the different cropping uses. The same can be said for marking trim and cropped areas using different colored guides.

Jeff N

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

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62 Points

8 years ago

Might be interesting to save and load set(s) of guides, this way, the document could have all or parts of guides sets loaded, making the document less heavy on visual

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop - Set(s) of guides.

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25.1K Points

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

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674 Points

8 years ago

Christoph,
Thanks for the link.
As I've said in another post, Paul Riggott's scripting skills are invaluable.
He has solved two previous problems for me that I had put in as a Request Feature.

I have no scripting knowledge. I know that I'll use Photoshop ExtendKit to paste Paul's code into and save in the appropriate location.

Can you till me how I would then use this script? How does it work? I have not added the script to CS5 yet. So maybe it's self explanatory.

I read the OP by Shan-Dysigns... had to get out my NASA silver heat shield!! and put on a welding helmet and gloves to endure the flame throwing. Sad.

JeffN

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If I remember correctly the Script, when invoked, offers a dialog from whence you can save the current Guides, load a previously saved set of Guides or add them to the Guides currently in the document.
The sets of Guides are saved with the XMP metadata, so they should stay available with the individual documents.

And yes, Paul’s Scripts and his advice on Scripting matters are indeed a boon.

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144 Points

8 years ago

I've been thinking about this for years now. I really think Guide Sets would be an AMAZING feature in Photoshop.

The ability to lay down guides in a specific set, and then turn them on/off individually. Along with this would be the ability to choose the color of your guides in a set so that you could have multiple sets turned on and know which guides are related to what set.

For example, "set one" has blue guides, "set two" has pink guides, "set three" has green guides, and you can turn them on and off individually.

Awesome? Yes. I think so.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Guide Sets (+Different Color Guides).

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114 Points

8 years ago

Also ability to rotate guides.

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66 Points

8 years ago

I put this on the Adobe forums (in response to an older thread), but this seems like a more appropriate place to leave these thoughts:

I want to +10000000 the OP's idea. Just being able to have 'layers' with different sets of guides that you could turn on and off would improve my workflow a thousand fold. None of the 'work around' solutions would speed up my workflow, in fact they would slow it down but maybe alleviate the headache of trying to remember which guideline, out the thousand (exaggeration) streaking every which way across my screen, is the one I want.

Really feel like Adobe has missed a trick here. It's always been one of those things when I consider everything that Photoshop can do and I'm like... "Really? You can't do that? Huh...weeeeeird."

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112 Points

8 years ago

Well whilst using Photoshop CS6 for my Web Design elements i was thinking about a new feature that could be implemented.

This is being able to Group guides and save there positions for use on another Layer of even a whole new document.

It would work by double clicking on the guide then having a "Group To" or "Create Group" Option, this way when you create a guide you can have the option to Load saved guides and place them inside the current document.

-ConnerTurner
Adobe CS6 Experimentalist

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Grouping Guides.

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182 Points

8 years ago

Definitely need smarter guides in Photoshop.

Select multiple guides (for mass deleting)
Lock selected guides
Drag out multiple guides - evenly spaced
Limited Guides (i.e. only spanning a small area rather than the whole document)

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580 Points

7 years ago

I Googled "group guides" to make sure I wasn't missing a feature and this thread was the first thing to come up. Seriously, Adobe? I can do this in Illustrator, why not Photoshop? Just put guides in layers already!

Anyway, I see a few other posts, some kind of old, that users just want to transfer guides between files. This isn't a fix-all, but if I need a set of guides that I can then apply to other files of the same or similar dimensions, I create an "Action" for it. Then just hit "Play" for that action on a new file and all those guides are created automatically. This take a little planning, but it's a toss-up between "Save-As" and then delete everything except the guides for the new file. At least then the guides are still there and the same as the previous file...