Ever find yourself struggling to get the correct spacing or alignment when creating an edited image with Photoshop? Guidelines are an extraordinarily useful tool that help to position text, images, etc. exactly where you want them. With Photoshop, a user may add both horizontal and vertical guidelines to their images for design purposes. Guidelines are used only as visual aids and do not actually appear on your final photos.
Step 1: Click “View” on the toolbar at the top of the Photoshop window. The View menu option is located to the left of the Window menu option.
Step 2: Click “Rulers” if there is not already a check mark next to it. If there is, continue onto the next step. A check mark next to “Rulers” indicates that the rulers are displayed on the Photoshop window. The rulers need to be displayed in order to add guidelines to your image.
Step 3: Place your mouse cursor on the horizontal ruler above your image. Drag and drop it into position on top of your image.
Step 4: Place your mouse cursor on the vertical ruler above your image. Drag and drop it into position on top of your image.
Tip #1: If you would like to lock the guidelines so they can’t be moved, click “View” and then “Lock Guides” to lock the guidelines in place.
Tip #2: Hold down the Shift key while dragging a guideline to make it snap into alignment with the ticks on the ruler.
Easy as that. Guidelines will add a whole new dynamic to your images and make your photo-shopping life a lot easier. Enjoy 🙂