Non-displaying objects in illustrator and photoshop


So I'm trying to set up templates for other designers to use to adhere to design guidelines, and I want to know if there is any way to specify objects in illustrator and photoshop that do not show up when the image is exported or printed. I know it is possible to make non-printing objects in photoshop, however I would like the objects not to show up when using save for web or exporting a pdf/eps also.

7/4/2014 12:58:00 PM

Accepted Answer


  1. Create a new layer
  2. Add stuff to layer you want visible, but not exported
  3. Go to View > Guides > Make Guides

This outlines everything in a new color, locks the layer, and doesn't save for web or export.

Photoshop: There isn't anything like the guide layer in Photoshop. However, you can add notes:

  1. Click and hold on Eyedropper tool to expand sub-menu.
  2. Select Note Tool
  3. Click on screen and enter a note.
12/13/2012 8:12:00 AM