In Adobe Illustrator the best way to align any object, text, image, or shape is by using Smart Guides. Smart Guides appear with every design to help the designer to arrange the artwork.
Either you are drawing a shape and placing it into an exact position or you are moving objects from one place to the other on the artboard, Smart Guides follow you.
That’s also fun to work. Because every time you don’t have to align by selecting the objects and then using the alignment panel to accurately locate them. If you don’t have an idea about Smart Guides, and what they are? Well, this tutorial is for you. You can guide Illustrator objects by using Smart Guides with the help of this tutorial.
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What are Smart Guides in Illustrator?
Smart Guides appear when you are moving the objects on the artboard in Adobe Illustrator. You will not see them every time. You will not see them every time just like Grides. Smart Guides show you the dX value and dY value of the object every time you move it.
The X and Y value of the objects helps to display the location and snap-aligning to the nearest object on the artboard in Illustrator. Smart Guides are the Pink lines that appear while drawing a shape or moving an object or placing the image or moving it around on the artboard from one location to another. Those pink lines are everywhere guiding the designer to place the shapes and align them. You can align the shapes through Smart Guides on the artboard. Because smart guides show you aligning position according to the x and y value or the objects already placed on the artboard.
You can also learn:
- Make Grid in Illustrator
- Get Rid of Perspective Grid in Illustrator
If you are new to Graphic Designing or new to working in Adobe Illustrator, then you are at the right place. This tutorial is all about Smart Guides in Illustrator.
In this tutorial, we are going to show you How to Turn on Smart Guides in Illustrator.
Create a New Document in Illustrator
Start by Creating a New Document in Illustrator.
Step 1: Create a New File by overhead menu File > New.
Step 2: From the New Document Dialog box select your desired document size, I am selecting the “Common” Document.
Step 3: Adjust Preset Details if you want and click “Create”.
(Easy & Quick) 2 Methods to Turn on Smart Guides in Illustrator
Following is the Quick and Easy way to Turn on Smart Guides in Illustrator.
Turn on Smart Guides Manually
Step 4: From the overhead menu go to View > Smart Guides.
Smart Guides will be selected.
Shortcut key for Smart Guides in Illustrator
The shortcut key for Smart Guides in Illustrator is Ctrl+U.
The Smart Guides will be turned on.
To see Smart Guides in Illustrator, let’s create a shape.
As you can see we have created a shape that shows the Smart Guides with the shape and also the X, and Y positions.
Smart Guides Display
Adobe Illustrator also offers Display settings for Smart Guides. The smart Guides panel can be accessed by Edit > Preferences > Smart Guides.
The short key for the Smart Guides display is Ctrl+K. A preference panel will appear and then select Smart Guides.
The preferences panel will appear. Select Smart Guides from the panel.
In Display Options, the color of the Smart Guide can be changed. Click on the Color and select any of the desired colors. Magneta is by default color for Smart Guides.
Smart Guides in Illustrator not Working
If Smart Guides in Illustrator is not working, try turning off View > Snap to Grid or press Shift +Ctrl+” from the keyboard. Snap to grid hides the Smart Guides in Illustrator.
How to Turn off Smart Guides in Illustrator?
To turn off Smart Guides in Illustrator, press Ctrl+U from the keyboard, or go to View > Smart Guides. The check mark on the Smart Guides will be disabled and Smart Guides will be turned off in Illustrator.
It’s Easy to Learn How to turn on Smart Guides in Illustrator
Now you have learned to use Smart Guides are turn on Smart Guides in Illustrator. In the future, this tutorial is going to help you a lot with Smart Guides. You don’t have to worry about the Smart Guides. We always recommend you to use Smart Guides for designing any project or art for your client or yourself. Smart Guides save a lot of time and help a lot in aligning the object at the correct location.
All Done! Enjoy.