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The Guides feature in Vectornator gives you better control over your document elements; allowing you to align them to other objects.

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What is a Guide?

Before learning how to create and manage guides in Vectornator, it's important to define what a guide is and why they are so important when working with a vector tool.

Guides are straight lines that help you align text and other vector objects on your canvas. They're always displayed at the top of your design to help you follow the structure you defined for your project. However, they do not interfere with your document's layers, and they will not be displayed in the final version when your document is exported.

By default, all Guides in Vectornator are active and visible, but you can choose to hide them by going to View > Show Guides.

In Vectornator, there are two types of guides:

  • Object Guides - vector shapes which can be controlled from the Layers Tab.
  • Smart Guides - straight vertical or horizontal lines which can be created from the Ruler.

The Object Guides

The Object Guides in Vectornator can be created by accessing the Guides Layer placed at the bottom of the Layers Tab.

By simply clicking on this Layer, you will enable the Object Guides and activate a specific limited Toolbar.

TIP: Click the Guides Layer's Title to easily close the dropdown menu.

Creating a New Object Guide

Select any of the tools in the Guides Toolbar to start drawing your Object Guide. The guide can have any shape you need, as a simple straight line, or a more complicated square, circle, polygon, or spiral.

Once you draw the guide, place it in the position you need on your canvas, and then navigate back to the Layers Tab.

The Object Guides will be automatically locked. You can also activate the Snap to Guides feature from the Menu bar under View > Snap to Guides to better align the elements in your document.

Note: The Object Guides will be always displayed on top of your design, and the elements within the Guides Layer will be always locked when drawing on the other Layers.

Duplicating an Object Guide

Navigate to the Guides Layer, then select the guide you want to duplicate, and drag and drop your Guide while pressing the <key>⌥<key> key.

Hide / Show Object Guides

Click on the Hide/Show icon next to the Layer’s title to hide or show all of that layer's Guides.

Click on the Hide/Show icon next to each Guide to hide or show that specific Guide.

Note: When hiding the guides from the layers, any Smart Guide on your artboard will be hidden too.

Lock the Guides

Any elements within the Guides Layer will be locked when drawing on the other Layers, but when you’re creating your Guides' structure and want to lock a specific Guide, you can do it by tapping the Lock button to the right of each sublayer inside the Guides Layer.

How to Use Rulers and Create Guides

Vectornator shows the Rulers by default, which are attached to each Artboard in your document, allowing you to use them as a reference point.

Creating a New Smart Guide

Smart Guides are straight vertical or horizontal lines that you can add to your artboard from the Ruler.

Note: Adding Smart Guides is only possible when the Ruler is activated.

To add a new Smart Guide, click anywhere on one of the Rulers and drag it onto the canvas to set a new Guide. A blue Guide line will become visible and will help guide you during your design process.

To create Horizontal Guides, click and drag on the Ruler in the left border of your Artboard

To create Vertical Guides, click and drag on the Ruler in the top border of your Artboard

Deleting a Smart Guide

To delete a Smart Guide, simply click and drag the Guide's handle and drop it outside the canvas. The Guide will disappear.

How Snapping to Guides Work

As you move and snap any elements to your document, Vectornator will automatically display light blue lines against nearby elements as Smart Guides that will help you snap to a nearby path’s center or edges.

You can also activate the snapping options for your own Guides. This option is very useful for aligning your vector elements to the Guides and helping you be as precise as possible.

To activate the Snapping option, go to View > Snap to Guides from the Menu Bar.

Learn more: How Snapping works in Vectornator ➝
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Last Updated on Mar 01, 2022