Aug 19, 2016

The day has finally arrived: GuideGuide is available for Illustrator. Go get it!

Feature parity

The Illustrator version is—for the most part—the same as the Photoshop version. However, I’ve chosen to leave out a few “features” that either Illustrator already does, or don’t make sense with how Illustrator works.

  • Clearing guides only clears document or selected guides. I haven’t figured out how to select only guides within an artboard yet as Illustrator doesn’t appear to make this association natively.

  • GuideGuide cannot add guides to multiple artboards at a time because Illustrator doesn’t have a concept of multiple selected artboards. You may be aware that it’s possible to highlight multiple artboards in the artboards palette, however I have not seen any feature that utilizes this and do not know of a way to detect it in the code.

  • Instead of a marquee like Photoshop, Illustrator works with guides in specific areas based on selected paths.

  • Illustrator allows you to convert paths to guides, so GuideGuide’s flyout menu includes an option to do so as well.

  • It’s possible to copy and paste guides so I haven’t included duplication features at this point. I may add them in the future if I get requests for it.


I’ve decided to sell the Illustrator panel for $10 as a separate product from the Photoshop version. By offering each version as a separate panel, customers that only use one or the other will not have to suffer updates to a version of the panel that they don’t use.

Additionally, as I’m sure critics will point out, it will allow me to malevolently milk every last penny from customers so that I can recreate this. If you’re reading this post, you probably already know how great GuideGuide is, and know that if you compare how much time GuideGuide saves to how much you charge per hour, it’s easily worth the money. So what are you waiting for?

Go buy GuideGuide!