Use the Rulers, Guides, and Grids

It's a good idea to get comfortable with your rulers, guides, and grids, particularly when you are working on graphics that will ultimately be placed into a page-layout program. Web designers swear by these things—print designers could certainly stand to learn a thing or two about the precision that rulers, guides, and grids offer. Rulers serve to remind you of the actual image size, as Photoshop files often appear larger than life. Grids provide a parameter for visual alignment and symmetry. Also, if

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Figure 2-11 The left button displays the default window with a menu bar at the top and scroll bars on the sides.

Figure 2-11 The left button displays the default window with a menu bar at the top and scroll bars on the sides.

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Figure 2-12 The center button displays a full-screen window with a menu bar and a 50 percent gray background, but no title bar or scroll bars.

Figure 2-12 The center button displays a full-screen window with a menu bar and a 50 percent gray background, but no title bar or scroll bars.

Figure 2-13 The right button displays a full-screen window with a black background, but no title bar, menu bar, or scroll bars.

Figure 2-13 The right button displays a full-screen window with a black background, but no title bar, menu bar, or scroll bars.

you are working on a document that is following an established grid, you can replicate that grid in Photoshop and build your image along the same parameters.

TRY IT To view your file with the rulers turned on, select View I Rulers or press CTRL-R (Windows)/ CMD-R (Mac). To hide rulers, simply repeat the command and they will disappear.

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