Learn how to use Rulers, grids, Smart Guides and guides that snap into place.
When to use
Smart Guides, Rulers and grids are most commonly used to check the alignment of various elements in a project.
- Begin by opening the 'Oh Snap Exercise.ai' file.
- Turn your Rulers on by either going to the View menu and choosing 'Rulers' or by pressing Command/Ctrl + R.
- Change the color of your guides via the Illustrator CC menu by going to Preferences > Guides & Grid and selecting a new color for your guides.
- Turn on the Smart Guides and choose 'Snap to Grid' or 'Snap to Pixel' under the View menu.
- Add three more artboards under each of the existing artboards and try to line them up.
- Drag out some guides to the edges of each of your three artboards and you should end up with something that looks like the 'Oh_Snap_Exercise_After.ai' file.
Hints & tips
- If you need to remove a guide at any point you can go to the View menu and choose Guides > Clear Guides or by unlocking them and then clicking and dragging around a guide and deleting it.
- If you are having trouble lining up an artboard with either a grid or by snapping to a pixel, it can be very useful to zoom in to get a closer look. To do this you can either use the magnifying glass found at the bottom of the toolbar, or the shortcut Command/Ctrl and the plus and/or minus keys.
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