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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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Diagonal guides (in addition to verticals and horizontals), if you please.

It would really be helpful if you could include a diagonal "guide" feature. Or some sort of perspective guide. I'm trying to draw a 3D frame in Photoshop, and it'd just be so helpful if you could draw guides the way you use the line tool (sometimes I'm forced to draw a line and use that as a guide, rather than dragging an actual guide into the work area, so that I can have a diagonal to work from).

Having only vertical and horizontal guides can be ineffective when you're working on a 3D image.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled PHOTOSHOP- ability to change guide color.

I generally use photoshop for compositing images into a single believable work of art. One of my primary considerations is light and depth of field. When compositing the latter is of great importance and often tough to layout. I generally use rulers to provide dof markers keeping foreground middle ground and background of planes as close a s possible. I was thinking it would be great if I could determine ruler color before bringing them into the image. I.E. foreground focus area determined by blue, middle DOF red and background DOF green. This way when bringing an image in I have a reference point to how deep the focus should be and where it picks up. I suppose I could to this with a blank layer and different color lines but I thought a multiple color ruler option would be awesome and simple to implement
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Multicolored and groupable guidelines (artboards).

Would be great to give guidlines multiple colors for multiple purpose, especially needed while working with Artboards. Would be great to be able to managed/see them as layers like in Illustrator. So you can simply make a group of guidelines and be able to hide them, and make and show another group of guidelines in the same document.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Guideline features in photoshop.

It'd be great if we could change the colour of guides, or add labels to them if they want to - this would be really helpful for building UI/Web - you could keep a set of guidelines for breakpoints/fold lines etc. whilst other guides could be used for aligning content.
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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
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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)
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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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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Couple ideas for improving rulers.

YO!

Couple quick suggestions.

How about the guide rulers in Photoshop having a transparency value, would make life easier when you have a lot of em, working on designing a very symmetrical lineart logo and I can barely see the image even with the rulers that's just dots. =p



Being able to go between multiple different 'sets' of rulers and guides
would be pretty sweet too. Screen can get pretty crowded. Might make life a bit easier being able to attach sets of rulers and guides to layers or something. So you can easily display just the rulers that are relevant to what your working on.

Being able to set diagonal rulers of various angles would be pretty shweet. IE being able to set 'this ruler should be at 37 degrees' or whatever would be cool.

Perhaps even being able to fine tune the little 'distance marks' on the ruler on rulers on the side, how far apart each one is, being able to 'snap to' on a custom amount of pixels, or a custom amount of pixels from your starting position, would be some pretty handy options to have, especially in the initial stages of plotting something out.

Being able to set a 'symmetrical snap to' option from a 'starting ruler' would be pretty great too.

Was a couple things I noticed while working, and a couple things I just brainstormed. Hope I was able to help. =D

<3 U BAI.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop : Option to choose multi coloured guides and sets of user determined gu....

Photoshop : Option to choose multi coloured guides and sets of user determined guides
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Guide Improvement Request: Guide Groups, Color Changes and Margins Link Button.

I'd love to see a few basic improvements to the Guide Layout dialog box and the guides in general.

From easy to more complex:

1. Have a "make all settings the same" button under New Guide Layout for the Margin area similar to the indesign file setup. Most of the time I want to have all those settings the same.

2. Allow me to right click on a guide and change its color.

3. Allow me to make "Guide Groups" I can layer on each other with options for color for each group. 

Thanks!
 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Group guides in Photoshop.

While designing a layout, is common to group layers and move groups, if the guides you select are inside a particular group you can continue the design after adjusting the canvas size, for example while designing a web site.
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It would be much better you posted images illustrating that you want to say. For now it's hard for me to imagine how that should be looking you wish to have in Photoshop...