Photoshop: Improving guides with offset command

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In autocad there is a command called offset. Eg. you draw a vertical line and want three more at ten foot intervals. You select 'offset' and input 10 feet, click on the line and then click on the side of the original line you want the new one and then do that 2 more times. I would like to see such a command with the guides and be able to offset in both inches and pixels. I would also like to see the ability to slope the guides as an aid to placing parts of other photos and aligning them.
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Which application are you using/proposing this for?
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First, in placing a 5x7 in an 8x10 the guides will snap to the 5x7. With an offset command it would be very simply to offset the guides to, eg 1/4" on all sides, creating a selection and fill it with a solid color to make a border with square corners. Second: since the guides will snap to the horiz. and vert. centers of any size, offset could be use to layout a template page for albums. Or you could start by snapping to the 1" mark and then offset 3" in two directions for a 3"square in which to place a photo. A page could be laid out very quickly. I find it hard to snap to the rulers. When the photo is normal size the markings are close together. When the photo is greatly enlarged it is hard to tell where you are at on the rulers. I worked for several years with autocad laying out factory like buildings with several bays. With the offset command you could lay out both horiz. and vert. column lines very quickly. I have been using photoshop for about 13 years or so and have often wished for this kind of command. It could be set up for both pixels and inches although I would use the inches most of the time. I also sent in a suggesting for square corners on outside strokes. The rounded corners are also found with drop shadow, outside glow and expanding selections. The option for square corners would be a great asset in making mat like borders around the 5x7 set on an 8x10 sheet.
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I think Chris is asking what program you want to see this in. Lightroom? Photoshop? Photoshop Elements? Premiere Elements
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