I have set up some custom guides on an artboard and would like to use the same set of guides on another artboard, is there a way to copy them across ?

The most obvious way would be to duplicate the artboard, as that would duplicate the guides as well. However, I'm trying to use the guides on a pre-existing artboard to make some changes to it.

Thank you.

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I've created a plugin to do so on Github.

Copy & Paste Guides

For those who rather use guides instead of the layout option in Sketch it's often frustrating to change guides for multiple artboards, especially when working with larger documents. That's why we've created a plugin to easily copy, paste and remove guides from your Sketch artboard(s).

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    Dec 15, 2015 at 12:39
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Plug-ins FTW

Sketch doesn't have a lot of native functionality around guides due to it's focus on layout grids and smart alignment. As Enzio pointed out, that's why Bohemian gave us access to plug-ins!

In addition to Enzio's handy solution, Sketch Utility Belt has some great guide features. In this case, it's focused on quickly creating guides based on a layer.

Complex grids

For complex grids, I prefer to build my own using rectangles like so:

  • Group the objects into one layer (set to ~20% opacity).
  • Convert the group to a symbol.
  • Use the symbol across the doc.
  • Edit anywhere, update everywhere.

To quickly flip the visibility of this layer, I use the Sketch Layer Tools plug-in.

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