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Looking for information on aligning design assets using guides and grids? You have come to the right place!
When working on your designs, you can use guides to line up objects or manage spacing between elements on an artboard. Grids serve as a framework on which you can organize your design elements (images, glyphs, paragraphs) and ensure the symmetry of the layout.
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Does this sound familiar? If you're facing such challenges, read on to learn how to create and use guides and grids within your artboards.
Once your artboards are laid out on design canvas,, an area is added to the top and left of your artboards that allow you to drag out guides. You can quickly snap to the horizontal and vertical centers, copy, and paste them across multiple artboards, remove them, and toggle their visibility.
Read on to learn how to create and manage guides.
Do you want to align and position objects within your artboards from top to bottom? Use vertical guides. If you want to align and position objects from left to right, use horizontal guides.
Now that you have created guides, you can use the Copy/Paste Guides option to quickly duplicate the them.
You can choose to remove one or more guides at a time.
Do you want to temporarily hide guides and turn them on when needed? Use the Hide All Guides option.
You can also choose to lock guides across all the artboards to prevent them from being accidentally moved or adjusted.
To hide and lock guides on macOS and Windows:
Now that you are done with the basics of how to create and manage guides, you can use smart guides to temporarily snap the guides when you create or manipulate objects or artboards.
Now that you know the basics of guides in XD, go ahead and learn how to define the design structure and align objects within your artboard using Layout or Square grids.
To add layout or square grids, select one or more artboards. Navigate to the Grid section in the Property Inspector and choose either Layout or Square.
Once layout and square grids are added to artboards, you can personalize the display options for your grids by adjusting the preferences in the Grid section of the Property Inspector. Read on to learn how to change the grid size, number of columns, gutter properties, and margins for your grids.
Based on your design needs, you can change the grid size for square grids.
With a layout grid applied to an artboard, you can set the number of columns, column width, gutter properties, and margin sizes from the Grid section of the Property Inspector.
Now that you've modified the number of columns, gutter width, and column width, learn how to adjust the margins of the artboard. Margins are the distance between the layout grid and the edge of the artboard. Read on to learn how to adjust margins on all sides.
Now that you know how to set preferences for your grids, read on to learn how to add grid colors and control their visibility.
Do you want to modify the appearance of grids? Use the color picker in the Property Inspector to add and change the grid color.
You can control the visibility of layout and square grids using the Hide Layout/Square Grids or Show Layout/Square Grids option.
"When working on design projects, lay out guides to better assist you when lining up objects or to make sure that the elements are spaced properly"- says Howard Pinsky, Senior XD Evangelist.
We've got you started with how to position and align objects within artboards using guides, and grids. Take a step forward and learn how to use repeat grids to create objects with repeatable elements.