Using Guides to Align Layers

Whether you’re in the Photo EditorGraphic Designer, or Collage Maker, Guides can help with precision placement of images or elements in your designs. Once activated, they appear as grey dotted lines that float over your canvas, and you can move, clear or lock guides depending on your design needs. 

Step 1: To get started, enable guides in the Alignment menu in the bottom bar of your workspace. Guides will be disabled by default, simply click the slider to enable them.

Step 2: To make a new guide, click on the guide ruler and you’ll see a dotted line appear across your canvas. For vertical guides click the top canvas ruler, and for horizontal guides click the side canvas ruler. As you move guides around your canvas you'll see pixel amounts appear next to the guide. The arrows will tell you how many pixels away the guide is from the end of the canvas on either side. 

Pro Tip: If you need to narrow down the guide setting to a more specific number or if the guide appears to be jumping in numbers, zoom in or out of the canvas.  The guides will responsively adjust according to the zoom level.

Step 3: Once you have your guides situated, click the lock icon in the top left of your canvas to lock them. This will keep your guides from accidentally being moved around the canvas. You also will not be able to create or clear guides until they're unlocked. If you have Snapping enabled, your layers will also snap to your created guides. 

Pro Tip: When you Save as a Project, your guides will also be saved in their current position and can be re-opened at any time.

Removing Guides

If you find you don't need your guides anymore, click the X button at the top right of the canvas next to the ruler. This will clear all guides from the canvas. To remove one guide at a time, right-click and click the Remove Guide prompt that appears.

Once your guides have been cleared, you can go back into the Alignment menu and toggle the slider if you no longer want to have guides active on your canvas.

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