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Align your guides

Ever try aligning a guide in Photoshop to one of the lines on the ruler and have trouble getting it exactly where you want it? Sometimes it seems like Photoshop is mocking you!

There's an easy way to do it, no matter what view percentage you're at. Simply hold down the Shift key while dragging a guide. Photoshop will automatically snap the guide to the nearest line on the ruler.

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Ivan's picture

Man, that's the tip of the month for me! I always had trouble with that! :) I wonder how long does it take to fully learn PS.

Jim's picture

I've been using Photoshop since version 1 (what is that, like 15-18 years?) and I still learn things about it all the time. I don't think you can ever truly master Photoshop, because there are so many ways to do things.

Pompo's picture

Now this is THE Tip of the Year!!
I've been doing that looking at the info palette...geez it's a pain in a butt!

Thanks Jim!

Pompo's picture

It works in InDesign too!!
It sure does..just tested

No luck with Illustrator...Nope :(

Jim's picture

Yes, I should have mentioned that the tip also works in Adobe InDesign. It doesn't work in Illustrator because Adobe has bastardized that program beyond repair. It almost seems like the people working on Illustrator are a rogue group of non-conformist coders, hell-bent on messing with cohesive workflow!

Of course, it could just be that I haven't had enough coffee this morning! ;-)

Anonymous's picture

The guide alignment tip works in PS 7 but not CS on my system (Mac OS 10.3.5 PS8.0). Am I missing something?

Jim's picture

As an FYI, most all tips I post refer to the latest versions of all software, because that's what I tend to use. If they happen to work on older versions, that's great - but it's not my intention to post tips that work in older versions.

The tip works in PS CS, I use it daily. I'm not sure why it isn't working for you, but you could try tossing your Photoshop preferences and resetting them.

Anonymous's picture


I went back and fiddled a bit prior to trashing prefs though I did run a plist diagnostic routine which identifies corrupt prefs. PS CS came up clean.

The solution is that View > Snap needed to be active for the guide/shift/snap to work. Mine was turned off as snap is generally a feature which causes me more problems than assistance.

Thanks for the tip.

Fuelrock's picture
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That happens to me all the time and it drives me nuts...I can't believe it's as simple as that. I always try hitting shift with other tools when looking for added functionality but I never considered it with the guides.

Thanks so much!

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