GuideGuide does its actions based on your document, artboards, or selected layers. An area where guides are manipulated is called a “context”.


If you have a selection active in your document, GuideGuide will use its height, width, and position as the context for creating guides.

In Photoshop, if the selection falls within a single artboard, GuideGuide will run its actions on guides that fall within that artboard. If the selection spans multiple artboards, does not fall within any artboard, or your document does not contain artboards, GuideGuide will run its actions with canvas guides.

In Illustrator, all guides are the same.

Selected layers (Photoshop only)

This setting is disabled by default. You can enable it in the flyout menu.

If you have layers selected in the layers palette, GuideGuide will use their height, width, and position as the context for creating guides. If you select more than one layer, GuideGuide will use the combined shape of the layers as the context. If you select a layer set, it will use the combined shape of all visible layers within it as the context. You can include non-visible layers in a layer set by selecting the non-visible layers in addition to the layer set.

Artboards or Document

If you do not select layers when using GuideGuide, it will instead use your document’s artboards, or the document itself if no artboards exist.

In Photoshop, by default GuideGuide will do your action in all artboards in your document. However, if you select specific artboards, only those artboards will be used as context.

In Illustrator, GuideGuide will only do your action in the selected artboard because Illustrator does not allow for selecting multiple artboards.

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