GuideGuide is one of those plugins that I imagine birthed out of necessity. I think Photoshop should have this built in, but GuideGuide does an amazing job of solving the issue of designing with a Grid.
What is GuideGuide?
As per the website, “GuideGuide makes dealing with guides in Photoshop painless.”
Now, if you aren’t familiar with the Grid, I’d recommend reading up on it a little bit. Here are a few great book suggestions: Making and Breaking the Grid and Grid Systems. Even if you are not a designer and do a little bit of work in Photoshop, this is a must have tool. It will greatly impact the way your designs work by designing to the Grid.
I don’t typically design in Photoshop, but when I do, GuideGuide is a must. It allows you to precisely set grids based on whatever criteria you choose. I recently designed a conference booklet in Photoshop because it was photo heavy, and GuideGuide saved my bacon. Here is how easy it is.
First, you have to install the plugin. Next, open up your photoshop document and then launch the GuideGuide plugin. All you do now, is input your measurements like so:
It is literally that easy. You can setup custom grids (think templates) as well. I find myself just creating the grid for each individual project though.
What other plugins do you find yourself using in your daily workflow?
Will you download GuideGuide?