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

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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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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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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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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...
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This doesn't solve the grouping/organizing problem, but this makes applying guides and even saving guide arrangements MUCH easier:

http://guideguide.me/

I've only used it for about five minutes and already can't believe that I've only just found it! The one-click document borders and center lines sold me right away (but it's a free plug-in)!
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Hi Paul,
Be careful with GuideGuide. It can be a useful tool, but sometimes creates imperfect grids (a pixel off here and there) and it's impossible to tell if you haven't measured what it creates. Be sure to double check any crucial guides before using!

Cheers,
Joe
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Joe,

Thanks for the heads up.

I did notice in the settings for GuideGuide that you can choose what it does with "remainders" from odd dimensions (assign "leftovers" to right/left/top/bottom). This was a good sign that what you get out of GuideGuide is only as accurate as what you put into it.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Multiple Guide Sets - Color coded and ability to turn on/off.


It would be great if Photoshop allowed multiple guide sets, perhaps as layers.
Each guide set could have different colors, and be turned on/off as needed.
This would be a HUGE asset for my workflow.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Ability to change colour of certain Guides, would be nice..


Would be very useful, when you work with a grid of many guides, to mark some more or less important lines in your layout, what do you think?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop: Show/toggle guides for specific layers and groups instead of having global guides for everything.


It would be great if you could group guides to specific layers or groups instead of having one set of global guides. there should be an option to do both. for example if you have guides set for "Layer 1" and another set of guides set for "Layer 2" when you group those layers together, the group would allow you to show/toggle an aggregate of Layer 1 & 2 guides. If people like the way its currently set up with global guides, that should be an option as well.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop: Slice and Guide Layers with multiple Slice or Guide arrangements in one file.


Screendesign: Cropping out fileparts with slices is a great future!

Would be great if one could create "Slice Layers"
- due to sometimes having overlapping different slice sizes according to the visible layers in the file I sometimes have to continously reslice the document for publishing different parts of the file. So logically there is like different Slice Layers I needed.

Similar to illustrators implementation of guides - you can create guide groups and show them when you need them.

Would be great if I could store slice arrangements in some sort of Layer for later reuse.
It's just a draft idea but it could optimize screendesigner's workflow while saving precious time and giving opportunity to focus on the main part which is designing :-)

Also having guides as layers similar to illustrator's feature would make things easier.
Example: If I need the 960Grid i show it, while hiding all other guides which irritate snapping functionality.
When I need other guides i show them while hiding the 960 Grid of guides.

What's your opinion to working with slices and guides?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Multiple Guides (Of Different Colors).


Would LOVE if Photoshop had an option for multiple guide layers (with colour options).

So for example, I could have four separate guide layers (that I can turn on/off separately) and each could be assigned a different colour.

Having one guide system for an entire complex project can be very frustrating. AND (pardon me if I'm wrong) It would seem like such a simple/powerful addition to the software.

(Illustrator kinda already does it)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop: Guides pallette like the layer pallette.


A layer pallet for guides. To be able to have guide layer that you can turn on / off like layers. If following a grid system it often happen that you need nested grids, and that can be very confusing at a certain point.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop: Sticky guides.


Hi, my name is Danny and i have an idea.

Im a coder so im working with guides a lot, some projects are not so coplicated other much harder, im using guides to set witdh/hight and place of an object on site.
Sometimes when project is harder i see only guides instead of project objects :)

So i was thinking... and I came up with idea about sticked guides:
Part of guide is visible in 100% of opacity only where it sticks to specific layer/layers

I've made a preview for you:
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I also need some guides in other colors! Just happened to me that I need to make a difference between crop guides and regular guides. I thought it was possible, but nope :(
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Guideline management.


Can you add some functionality to guidelines? Group guideline and let view and hide different set of guidelines just like layer groups? so i can on and off different set of guidelines for different purposes. right now there is no way of managing guidelines.... end up creating too many guidelines.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop different color guides feature request.


It would be very helpful to be able to change the color of each guide so that many guides can be utilized at the same time while being able to differentiate them by color. For example, in the same document I could have blue guides for print safe area, green guides for text alignment, orange guides for image alignment, etc.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
PHOTOSHOP: Guide Manager.


Dialog/window to manage,create,delete,re-locate, toggle on/off all guides in a document
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
user specified color for guidelines.


Hello guys
I’m working as a web designer and have often to deal with lots of layers. For the different Screen designs I usually use a lot of guidelines. In bigger project, there could be quite a lot of them. Often I lose the orientations which guideline belongs to which layer. That’s why I wish at least once a day, you could put in the next update the opportunity to define different (not only one) color per different guideline. Pleeeeeeeeeas include this function in your next version. It would make my day so much easier.

Thank you & Greats
Ivana
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Change color of individual grid lines..


Very Simple and useful for those who make diagramming albums.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Ability to Change Color of Individual or Multiple Guides.


The ability to change color of individual or multiple guides would be very nice/helpful. Currently most people create a layer and make lines, or shapes and work off of those, but I feel like that is a fix for what they feel is lacking in the ability of the guides.
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3 years- this post started 3 years ago- and nothing. And I know that this has been a request by users for well more than 3 years.

Illustrator has manageable guides- why can't Photoshop?

This is why Adobe really needs to start from scratch with the entire Creative Suite and have them all work in similar ways instead of continually patching Frankenstein code from programs they purchased or wrote decades ago.

SERIOUS REQUEST (almost a demand at this point):
1. Each guide either shows as a layer or in a separate "guides" panel.
2. Each guide, or group of guides, can be colored, labeled, etc.
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»llustrator has manageable guides- why can't Photoshop? «
When comparing pixel and vector oriented applications one is likely to observe differences.
And in Illustrator at least one bug has been maintained for roughly 10 years – so it’s fine with me if the Photoshop team does not emulate everything going on at the Illustrator team.
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Christoph- um, what? This thread, and the statement you quoted, are about guides. You seem to have missed the point.
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The 10-year-Illustrator-bug is indeed not relevant to the topic of this thread but the question
»llustrator has manageable guides- why can't Photoshop?«
does imply a comparison between a vector- and a pixel-oriented application and that those will exhibit inherent differences seemed worth pointing out.

»When an aeroplane does have an altimeter why doesn’t my car?«
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop: Order guidelines in groups.

If you want to have multiple layouts in one Photoshop file, it would be nice to arrange guidelines in groups.
Same as layergroups.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Export guidelines in photoshop files.

I would like a way to export the guides from a photoshop file to another.
Currently the only thing I can do is trace the guides and past the paths to the other file but I fear that some pixels are overlooked when I do this so a tool inside the program that would do this properly, like what we have iwth illustrator, would be nice
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Its probably worth checking out Paul Riggott’s Script for Guide Sets here
https://forums.adobe.com/thread/93283...
and maybe this JavaScript could help:

// take guides from active document and add them to other open documents after removing their existing guides;
// 2013, use at your own risk;
#target photoshop
if (app.documents.length > 0 && app.activeDocument.guides.length > 0) {main()};
////// function //////
function main () {
// set to pixels;
var myDocument = app.activeDocument;
var originalRulerUnits = app.preferences.rulerUnits;
app.preferences.rulerUnits = Units.PIXELS;
// collect guides;
var theArray = new Array;
for (var m = 0; m < myDocument.guides.length; m++) {
theArray.push([myDocument.guides[m].coordinate, myDocument.guides[m].direction])
};
app.preferences.rulerUnits = originalRulerUnits;
// get all open documents;
var theDocs = app.documents;
for (var o = 0; o < app.documents.length; o++) {
var thisDocument = app.documents[o];
// proceed if not original document;
if (thisDocument != myDocument) {
app.activeDocument = thisDocument;
var originalRulerUnits = app.preferences.rulerUnits;
app.preferences.rulerUnits = Units.PIXELS;
// remove existing guides;
for (var n = thisDocument.guides.length-1; n >=0; n--) {
thisDocument.guides[n].remove()
};
// add guides;
for (var p = 0; p < theArray.length; p++) {
thisDocument.guides.add(theArray[p][1], theArray[p][0]);
};
app.preferences.rulerUnits = originalRulerUnits;
};
};
};
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled The ability to have guides per group/layer, or the ability to have different colo....
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled PHOTOSHOP: guideline tools.

I would like to see an "guideline tool" In which you have arrow that selects only guides and manipulate it, and option that will make guide from path, so we don't have only straight lines for guides but also guide shapes. Also, great thing would be that guide lines can be placed in groups - that would be very helpfull if perheaps we want to make all website pages in one psd with groups.
One more thing, coloring guides would be perfect.
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Create a "layers like" tool, only for guides. With the possibility of angle then and add a "layer" color with different colored guides