Using Guides in Photoshop Elements

You can use Guides in Photoshop Elements to help you line up objects in your images.

In the video below, you'll see how to add Guides to your photos. Then you can use them to make things neat and tidy.

You'll be able to clearly see them, but they are non-printing so they will not be part of your photo if you print it out.

We also see how to temporarily make them invisible if they become a distraction. Or if you want, how to get rid of them.

And along the way we discover some keyboard shortcuts.

A Few Things to Remember . . .

  1. Make the Rulers Visible.

    You need to
    Show the Rulers to get the Guides. There's two ways to do that.

    One way is to go up to the View Menu and make sure there's a check mark next to "Rulers" by clicking on it.

    Or you can use the keyboard shortcut which is
    Shift+Command+R if you're on a Mac. Or Shift+Control+R if you're using a PC.

  2. Drag a Guide from the Ruler.

    To add a Vertical Guide to your image, just Click-and-Drag from the Ruler on the Left of your window.

    To add a Horizontal Guide to your image, Click-and-Drag from the Ruler on the Top of your window.

  3. Hide the Guides

    You can turn the visibility for the Guides off and on. And just like with the Rulers there's two ways to to it.

    One way is to go up to the View Menu and make sure there's a check mark next to "Guides" by clicking on it.

    Or you can use the keyboard shortcut to toggle them off and on by pressing
    Command+Semicolon(;) if you're on a Mac. Or Control+
    Semicolon(;) if you're using a PC.

Try it for Yourself!

I hope you found this Guide to Guides helpful. Now that you know how to use them you'll probably find different ways that they can be useful. I know I do.

Until next time, take care!



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