Using Rulers and Guides

Layout is a key aspect to good design. Guides are used extensively during layout to keep objects properly aligned. By default, a Guides layer is provided in every drawing file.

To Show (or Hide) Rulers:

  1. Choose View > Show (or Hide) Rulers & Format Bar from the main menu.

To Add Guide Lines:

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  1. Make sure Rulers are visible around the left and top of your drawing canvas.
  2. Press onto a ruler and drag from the ruler onto your drawing canvas, from left-to-right, or top-to-bottom. The Guides layer is automatically activated as the guide line is placed.
  3. Constrain guides to the (visible or hidden) Graph Paper divisions by holding the SHIFT-key while placing a guide.
  4. Place multiple guides as desired.
  5. When you are finished, do one of the following:
  • Click back onto a drawing layer to make it active and continue drawing.
  • Click onto a drawing tool to automatically be switched to the previous active drawing layer and continue drawing.

To Show (or Hide) Guides:

  1. In the Layers list, click the ‘Show / Hide’ icon to the right of the Guides layer name. If you have placed guides, they will become visible (or hidden).

Guide lines are not exported or printed.

To Move Guides Around:

  1. Click the Guides layer to make it active for editing.
  2. Press onto an existing guide and drag it into desired position.
  3. Constrain guides to the (visible or hidden) Graph Paper divisions by holding the SHIFT-key while moving a guide.

To Snap Objects to Guides:

When ‘Snap To’ settings are ON, object center points and handles, and path points, will snap into place.

  1. Place guides on your drawing.
  2. Choose Graphic > Snap To Guides from the main menu.

To Delete Guides:

  1. Click the Guides layer to make it active for editing.
  2. Press onto a guide and drag it off the canvas area onto a ruler.