I'm wondering if there is a way to create guide lines around an object automatically with any kind of command in illustrator. Because I remmenber that I did it once accidentally but I don't know the real command. I just want to be more efficient and quick.

This is the result I would like to get:

-From this:

example text without guidelines -To this: example text with guidelines around it

Thanks!! :D

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    You mean all guides at the same time? As in you press a button and the object is surrounded by guides? Or are you just trying to 'snap' guides to the edges of the object?
    – Luciano
    Commented Jul 25, 2018 at 11:26
  • Yeah I mean that, all at the same time, to get the object surrounded by guides.
    – ad rip
    Commented Jul 25, 2018 at 11:30
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    are you sure you didn't have a plugin or script to do this? I personally can't recall such command in Illustrator
    – Luciano
    Commented Jul 25, 2018 at 11:33
  • I think I did it once, and if I remmenber correctly I did it with no plugins, and I think Illustrator should have no problem doing that since it is able to create crop lines to cut it out easier.
    – ad rip
    Commented Jul 25, 2018 at 11:43
  • What is automatic in Illustrator is to fit the artboard to a selected object, but no the guides.
    – user120647
    Commented Jul 25, 2018 at 11:56

1 Answer 1


With the rectangle selected, make an action:

  • Menu View > Guides > Make Guides
  • Copy

  • Checking the Center Reference Point of transformation, define the height to 3000 px

  • Menu Edit > Past in Front
  • Define the width to 3000 px


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