I am using PS CC 2015 on my windows 10 machine. When I press CTRL some guidelines will appear indicating the distance between the selected layer and the layer which the mouse is pointing to, as seen in the picture below.

First, is there a name for this "feature"? Secondly, on My mac I am using the same version PS CC, but I tried pressing CTRL, Command or ALT but none of them will bring up the guidelines. So does PS CC on Mac not provide this feature?

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  • Those are called Smart Guides and it could be activated by Choose View > Show > Smart Guides.
    – hsawires
    Apr 15, 2016 at 19:39

3 Answers 3


Make sure you have Smart Guides turned on: "View > Show > Smart Guides".

Have your mouse over the canvas and hold CTRL for Windows or Command for Mac.


Turns out this is a feature of the very latest PS. I upgrade it and it works.


These are "Smart Guides". Go on View on the top tool bar. You will see an option called "show" and click on "Smart Guides". The guides will appear.

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  • these are not regular guides, check the other answer.
    – Luciano
    Feb 23, 2017 at 9:06
  • @Luciano Yes, my mistake. I have updated it .
    – Aiman
    Feb 23, 2017 at 9:12
  • still, your answer just repeats a previous one posted more than 6 months ago. Please check other answers before posting your own. If you want to know more about the site, please see the help center. Keep contributing and enjoy the site!
    – Luciano
    Feb 23, 2017 at 9:14

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