The Fastest Way to Add Guides in Illustrator
Design grids and guides are essential tools for every designer. Grids and guides can help you to draw and align objects in your design. Adding guides and grids in Illustrator is simple and easy. In this quick tip, I will explain to you the fastest way to add guide(s) and to precisely position them as needed.
Quick add guide(s) in IllustratorLet me first mention a couple of ways to add a guide in Illustrator:
- Display Ruler (View > Ruler or Ctrl/Cmd + R) then click on it with pointer and drag the vertical or horizontal guide.
- Draw shape. With the shape selected go to View > Guides > Make Guides.
The fastest wayThe fastest and easiest way that I know is to double-click with the pointer on horizontal or vertical Ruler.
After quickly adding guide you may want to position it precisely and here is how:
- Select guide using Selection tool the click on Transform link in the Control panel. Alternatively, you can display it from Window > Transform.
- Use text fields next to X: or Y: axis to precisely position guide.
Note: there are two kinds of rulers: document and artboard rulers. You can select only one of these rulers from View > Rulers > Change to Global/Artboard Rulers.
Product used in this tutorial:
Adobe Illustrator CC 2017
Rulers, grids, and guides