This post will go over how to duplicate and position guides in Adobe Illustrator. In my opinion most things in Adobe products I find myself using the “alt” version of the tool. Most tools in adobe products change when holding ALT and clicking or hitting a key combo.
Guide are no exception. I like to be precise when drawing. Since guides are something you should really rely on it makes sense if your guides are off, so will your drawing.
I’m going to take off from my last illustrator tutorial: How to make snap-able grid guides in Adobe Illustrator
- We’re going to create a guide both 224PT’s on either side of the center line.
- We’re going to create guides at 60Pt’s, 172Pt and 474pt
*Note* – You might see either one of these two option depending on the size of your computer screen.
If you have a high resolution screen you will see:
If you have a lower resolution screen you will see:
Go to the layer that has the horizontal guide and make sure to “meatball” the layer. Clicking the circle is what Adobe calls “clicking the meatball”. Stupid terminology I know. This will make sure that you actually have the vertical guide actually selected.
Go to the transform area and tell it 400+ 224. Hold down “ALT” and then hit enter. This will create a new guide.
Go back and meatball the original “V” later and then type 400-224 and then hold down “ALT” and then hit Enter. This will draw a line guide halfway between the top and the bottom of the drawing.
It should now look like this: