If you use Photoshop (opens in new tab) to create your website, packaging or page mockups, you'll know that the built-in guides system offers a lot of possibilities, but the reality of setting up guides makes it a laborious chore every time you create a new project or document.
Making it easier
As if he’s read our minds, new media designer Cameron McEfee (opens in new tab) has come up with a handy solution in the form of an extension for Photoshop that makes it easy to set up your guides, grid, columns and gutters. The result is that creating your own custom layout grid inside Photoshop no longer sucks! In fact, it’s almost fun!
Grab the extension
Visit the GuideGuide (opens in new tab) website and download the free extension. You’ll need to use the Adobe Extension Manager to install it (and if you’re using a version of Photoshop older than CS5 you’ll also need to make sure you grab the older CS4-and-below version of GuideGuide).
Once it's installed, you can easily create a set of guides by choosing a number of columns, the amount of margin, gutter between columns and so on.
Create your grid, and save it!
GuideGuide supports multiple columns, universal or individual margins (including negative margins), and you can save your favourites as a set for easy use later on. This latter feature is what makes GuideGuide such a useful download; a couple of minutes setting up your favourite grids will allow you to choose from your own presets each time you create a new document, without the hassle and fuss of setting each guide manually.
Check out the full instructions about how to operate the extension at the GuideGuide (opens in new tab) website.
Words: Sam Hampton-Smith
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