How to Use Guides and Organization in Adobe Photoshop

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In Brief...

Guides help to control the size and location of the slices you will make in Photoshop. They are optional but often set the stage for a successful artwork set. Organization using folders is key to making sure the art layers are easily hidden when needed.

This feature works the same in all recent versions of Adobe Photoshop: CS5, CS6, and Creative Cloud (CC).

Instructions

Guides:

  1. Bring out the rulers by going to the View menu and choosing Rulers.

  2. Go to the ruler at the top of the image window, click and hold in the ruler, and drag a guide so it's positioned where you want it (in this example, just below the logo.)

  3. Drag out another horizontal guide.

  4. Create two vertical guides from the ruler on the left as shown.
    Create Guides

  5. Once the guides are placed, the Move Tool Move Tool can be used to adjust the position of the guides or remove them by dragging them back into the ruler.

Folders:

Folders can be created in the Layers Panel to organize layers. They can then be expanded and collapsed to make the Layers Panel more manageable.

  1. To create a folder from existing layers, go to the Layers Panel. Select all the text layers, as well as the Search, by clicking the top text layer and Shift-clicking on the last text layer.

  2. Go to the Layers Panel menu and select New Group from Layers.
    New Group from Layers

  3. In the dialog box, name the folder.
    Name Layer Group

  4. Click the expansion arrow next to the new group to see the individual layers.
    Layers

Author: Tracy Berry

Tracy has been a senior graphic designer/programmer, instructor, and consultant since 1993 and has developed hundreds of logos, marketing materials, websites, and multimedia solutions for customers worldwide, including involvement in large corporate software rollouts. She has helped many organizations optimize and streamline data solutions. She teaches both onsite and online courses and has her CTT (Certified Technical Trainer) certification. Tracy specializes in teaching graphics, desktop publishing, web design, reporting/productivity applications, as well as the creation of online courses with software from leading vendors.

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