So I'm trying to set up templates for other designers to use to adhere to design guidelines, and I want to know if there is any way to specify objects in illustrator and photoshop that do not show up when the image is exported or printed. I know it is possible to make non-printing objects in photoshop, however I would like the objects not to show up when using save for web or exporting a pdf/eps also.
This outlines everything in a new color, locks the layer, and doesn't save for web or export.
Photoshop: There isn't anything like the guide layer in Photoshop. However, you can add notes:
Illustrator has multiple options for layers: lock, non-printng.
You can display the following dialog by double-clicking on the layer:
Photoshop does not have the non-printing option, you can only lock layers.
The fact that non-printing items export for web is a bug in my opinion. I'm not aware of any way around it.
I isolate anything extra on a dedicated layer(s). I've had very little trouble with the approach using a distributed team of designers.
Standard UI items, color palettes, brand elements, grids, notes, whatever, it's all there. I tag the layer "extras" with sublayers for different categories of items, when appropriate. When some items need to be below the main art, I just create another layer called "extras-SomethingOrOther".
The trick is to get designers used to looking for the extras layer(s) when they open a file. They should check there first for any instructions or guidelines, then deactivate it when they have things set-up properly. Usually the layer has so much on it that it's easy to remember to deactivate it.
The thing I like about this isolated layer approach is that I don't have to worry about required elements accidentally ending up with a "no print" attribute.