How to Make Guides in Adobe Photoshop

By Techwalla Contributor

Adobe Photoshop image-editing software offers something for everyone who works with photos. Capable of advanced color corrections, layering and special effects, Photoshop can seem a bit overwhelming at times. However, setting guidelines in Photoshop is not the least bit overwhelming, and the guides can help you when straightening a photo, applying type or a graphic effect or fine-tuning an adjustment. Guides are lightly colored lines that appear on the screen to help with positioning; they do not show on the finished product.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • An Open Photoshop Document (such as a photo)

Step 1

Launch Adobe Photoshop. Open a photo or create a new file.

Step 2

Turn on the rulers by going to "View" in the top menu bar and selecting "Rulers" in the drop-down menu to put a check mark next to it. Two rulers appear on the canvas: one positioned across the top and one running down the left side.

Step 3

Click with your cursor in the left vertical ruler. Hold down and drag to the image. As you drag, an indicator on the top horizontal ruler indicates the position of the guideline. Release the cursor. A turquoise line appears on the image. This is a vertical guide.

Step 4

Click on the "Move Tool" in the toolbar and use it to reposition the guide where you want it.

Step 5

Set a horizontal guideline by clicking in the top vertical ruler. Hold and drag a guide down to the image area. Release the cursor.

Step 6

Repeat this process as many times as you need guidelines.

Tips & Warnings

  • For more precise placement, click "View" in the top menu bar. Select "New Guide" from the drop-down menu. Choose a horizontal or vertical orientation and input the exact measurement for the rule. Click "OK" to apply the settings and create a new guideline.