New Guides from Shape in Photoshop Tutorial

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By Andrew Buckle, Updated : 2022

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How to create quick guides from custom shapes in Photoshop. Guides are a super useful feature for Adobe Photoshop - Select a shape layer and view menu and new guides from shape and create all kinds of wonderful guide designs for alignment of art etc. They are a useful feature of the application for aligning layers as well as placing objects. To show the them, use the view menu and show and select that option. Go to the show and you can select the guides to be on or off. You can also use the view menu to clear them as well as lock them (so avoid moving them by accident). You can also use the view menu to create a new guide as well as create a grid of them using the new command if you have the older versions of the application. To change the color, go to the preferences and guides and set the color to pink or green etc

 

To create new ones from the shapes, you can use custom shapes as well as rectangle shapes as well as ellipses etc but the key thing is that you are using the items as shapes. It does not work with the path or pixel option. You can use the feature with a single shape as well as multiple custom shapes but the key thing is that the shape layers are selected. Select the shapes you want via the document or via the shape presets panel) and then go to the view menu and the command (at the bottom of the menu) and select "New guides from shape" command (as it can use multiple shapes it is odd that it is just singular). They will be created will be based on the dimensions of the selected shape or shapes.

 

If you have an irregular looking shape such as a kettle then the guide will be drawn based on the left, right, top and bottom of the shape. If you have added a stroke to the custom shape then the stroke is also used for the dimensions so if you set a huge stroke, the result will be lines touching a long way from the original shape. A rectangle shape is just as easy and you can use the alt / option to duplicate the rectangle and rapidly build up any number of lines, as you can use the new guides from shape command multiple times. Select a single rectangle shape or custom shape and then view and new guides from shape command and then move the shape and repeat the new guides command and you will get an additional set of lines.