This trick will CHANGE how you use GUIDES in ILLUSTRATOR


If you ever looked at the Layers Panel 
while having Guides placed in the artboard,   you might have noticed that they are listed 
there, as if they were just another object,   like, you know, text, shapes or images.
And in fact, yeah, that’s pretty much it,   Guides work in a funny way in Illustrator because 
they basically are regular objects like a square   or a circle you might draw, but they obey 
a few specific rules. You might have never   thought about trying this because we usually 
just drag and drop the guides and that’s it,   you have your guide going across the entire 

But if you zoom far enough, and   you move the guide you can see where it ends, and 
even further, you can scale it, you can rotate it   and even add anchor points to it, I literally 
dropped my jaw when I figured this out,   you can add anchor points to a Guide and then 
change its shape using the Direct Selection,   just like any other path in 
Illustrator. Ain’t that just bonkers?  But unlike all other objects, they 
don’t accept fills, strokes or effects,   anything that would visually appear in the 
Artboard. They even show up on the Appearance   Panel, but they will never be displayed in the 
Artboard, it’s like they have an attribute saying   “hey this is a guide, ignore any other visual 
property while this object is marked as a guide”.  But now check this out: if you right click with a 
Guide selected, you get the option to release the   guide, basically getting rid of that “this is a 
guide” attribute.

And all of a sudden, everything   you added to the Appearance Panel will become 
visible. Not that this is particularly useful,   but it tells us some things about how 
guides work. Even cooler than that,   is that you can make this process the other 
way around as well, you can right click on   absolutely any path in Illustrator and turn it 
into a guide. If you ever wished you could have   circular guides, this is your moment. You’ll 
never again be constrained by the limitations of   straight guides dragged from the ruler.
And a bonus tip, just because, you know,   I love bonus tips. Here are a few shortcuts to 
working with guides and the ruler, just because   shortcuts are awesome and also your best friends.
This short video has ended now and   I hope you learned something new!
Thank you for watching and have a great day. Bye!.

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