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Working with Guides, Grid & Slices

Guides, Grid & Slices preferences help keep a multi-layered document in proper order. For example, using Guides can help you line up buttons on a web interface, or make sure specific design elements are precisely placed within the document window. The Guides option lets you select the color and style of the guides placed within a Photoshop document. Guides are placed within the image by dragging them from the horizontal or vertical Ruler bars in the active document. The Grid options let you decide on a color, style, and layout for Photoshop’s grid system. The Slices option defines the visible color of a slice, and whether Photoshop displays a number value for each slice.

Work with Guides, Grid & Slices Options

  • yellow_1.jpg Click the Edit (Win) or Photoshop (Mac) menu, point to Preferences, and then click Guides, Grid & Slices.
  • yellow_2.jpg Select the Guides options you want to use:
    • Color. Select a default color for displaying guides.
    • Style. Select a default (Lines or Dashed Lines) for displaying guidelines.
  • yellow_3.jpg Select the Smart Guides options you want to use:
    • Color. Select a color for use with Smart Guides.
  • yellow_4.jpg Select the Grid options you want to use:
    • Color. Select a default color for displaying grids.
    • Style. Select a default style (Lines, Dashed Lines, or Dots) for displaying the grid.
    • Gridline Every. Enter a value for how often the grid lines appear within the active document.
    • Subdivisions. Enter a value for how many subdivisions (lines) appear between each main gridline.
  • yellow_5.jpg Select the Slices options you want to use:
    • Line Color. Select a default line color for displaying document slices.
    • Show Slice Numbers. Select the check box to display a number for each slice in the upper left corner of the slice.
  • yellow_6.jpg Click OK.
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