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Chapter 3. Working with Preferences > Working with Guides, Grids & Slices

Working with Guides, Grids & Slices

The Guides, Grids & Slices options help keep a multi-layered document in order. For example, lining up buttons on a Web interface, or making sure specific design elements are exactly in place 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 Slice option defines the visible color of a slice, and whether Photoshop displays a number value for each slice.

Work with Guides, Grids & Slices Options

Click the Edit (Win) or Photoshop (Mac) menu, and then point to Preferences.

Click Guides, Grid & Slices.

Select the Guides options you want to use:

  • Color. Select a default color for displaying guides.

  • Style. Select a default (Lines, Dashed) for displaying guidelines.

Did You Know?

You can change a horizontal guide into a vertical guide, and vise versa. Move into the Ruler bar and drag guide into the document window. Before releasing the mouse, hold down the Alt (Win) or Option (Mac) key. Automatically, the guide switches directions.


Select the Grid options you want to use:

  • Color. Select a default color for displaying grids.

  • Style. Select a default style (Lines, Dashed Lines, 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.

Select the Slices options you want to use:

  • Line Color. Select a default line color for displaying document slices.

  • Show Slice Numbers. Choose whether Photoshop displays a number for each slice (located in the upper-left corner of the slice).

IMPORTANT When you select a line color, choose a color that is different than the guide and grid line colors.

Click OK.


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