Is there a way to copy guides from one Photoshop document to another?


I'm using Photoshop CS5. I have a PSD file. We'll say it's 600x400. I have guides set up at, let's say, 100 pixels over and 27 pixels down, which I am using to position a layer correctly.

I have to do this in ten more PSDs. They are all the same 600x400. I want the guides at the same spot so when I drop in my new element, it's always at the same coordinates.

Is there a way to copy or export the guides from my original PSD to the other PSDs? I know that I can create a template with the guides and drag in my ten new images... I want to know if there's a quicker way.

12/21/2016 3:53:00 AM

Accepted Answer

The best way I know to "save guides" is to create an action which actually creates the guides. Some notes:

  • When recording the action, it is better to create the guides using ViewNew Guide… rather than dragging.
  • Also note that while you can type whatever unit in the guide creation box (e.g. "95%" or "2px") the action will convert the value to whatever the ruler unit is set to while recording.
  • And when you later run the action, it will use the converted value regardless of what the current ruler unit is set to.

(I also answered to a related question on SuperUser)

It's unfortunate that guides can't be copied in Photoshop in the same manner as they can be in other programs like InDesign.

9/11/2018 6:12:00 PM