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I've been working on this file with a lot of guides(in Illustrator) and at some Point I was wondering is there a way to give different color to guides ? Like the gutter guides to be black, the main layout and columns guides to be green, some other guides I've done while placing other content a different color...

Is that posible?

The workaround I found so far is to make a "guide" layer and draw lines after the existing guides and give them different colors and then lock the layer, but It would be nice to use the default guides and stuff and as it is a quite simple thing I'm thinking this already exist but maybe I just donno about it. (I know in very Adobe Software(PS,AI,ID you can set a main color for all guides, I am looking for custom color for each guide).

If that is not possible, how do you work when you have a lot of guides and want to know which guide stands for what? I kind of keep the boxes I created to make the guides around the canvas, but its not so efficient sometimes...have a look at the screenshot to see what I mean: enter image description here

Thank you

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In Photoshop Extended, you can also use the count tool to label your guides. The count tool lets you create different count groups, and each group can be set to a different size/color. You can also selectively show/hide the count groups.

This won't change the way the guides look, but it will place a colored number next to each guide that will be visible no matter how much you zoom in/out. The count tool can also place a marker where you click, but I usually just leave the marker size unchanged, which seems to hide the markers.

Photoshop Extended count tool screen shot

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The count tool is interesting also, I saw its there at some point but never found a practical way to use it, this might be one. Thanks for the tip! –  Flavius Frantz Feb 18 '12 at 10:08
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Other than Photoshop, whose guides are monomanically monochromatic, guides in the rest of the CS applications pretty much follow the rule that when selected they will assume the color of the layer they're placed on.

If you have, say, three layers in AI or ID and place guides on each one, a simple marquee selection will expose their "true colors" so you can quickly identify which belongs to which layer. You may have to adapt your workflow slightly to make this useful (e.g., you might need more layers than you are used to). With a crowded artboard you would have to be careful not to move a guide by accident, especially if you're used to AI's default of the guides being locked. If I were your lead or AD I might suggest this, nonetheless, because copious use of layers is a good and heavily neglected work practice in AI.

An alternative workflow, that would allow you to quite literally give every guide its own color if you wanted to, would be to make a non-printing guide layer on top of the layer stack. Instead of placing the usual guides, you would draw .25 pt strokes in the colors of your choice. You can lock the layer and reduce its opacity to, say, 80% so the lines are visible but don't get in your way while you're working. You can just turn the visibility off when you want to see the artwork sans guides. An advantage of this approach is that it allows you to easily create "guides" at arbitrary angles, or of arbitrary shapes. This is actually a closer analogy to the traditional drawing-tablet workflow, back before computers made it all so easy...

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Ok. thats interesting, I didn't even thought Im placing guides on layers, somehow I thought guides are somewhere on top of it all and they belong to no layer(that is probably because in AI I sometimes don't use more than 1-3 layers :D) So yeah, probably I'm might have to change my workflow to make this work for me –  Flavius Frantz Feb 18 '12 at 10:07
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Unfortunately no. Guides are always a single color. You can change that one color in the preferences, but it will always be just one color.

Your workaround is a good one and about the only way you can use different color lines for guides.

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