How to Draw a Ruler in Photoshop

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How to Draw a Ruler in Photoshop
Another name for a ruler is a line gauge. (Zedcor Wholly Owned/ Images)

In Adobe Photoshop, you can draw a ruler to help you align, position and scale your artwork properly. You can use the ruler to apply different measurement systems other than inches such as points, pixels and centimetres. Drag your ruler horizontally and vertically on your canvas to position it where you need it. You can also add x and y coordinates and add guides to your rulers. Drawing a ruler for your canvas can be easy.

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  1. 1

    Set your preferences. Scroll to "Edit" and then scroll to "Preferences." Click "Units and Rulers." A window will appear.

  2. 2

    Choose the unit of measurement you would like to use under "Ruler." Set your unit of measurement for "Type" and adjust the number for the "Column Size." Then, use the drop-down bottom to change the unit of measurement. Click "OK."

  3. 3

    Scroll to "File" and then "New." A window will appear. Set your preference for your new canvas and click "OK." Scroll to "View" and click "Rulers." A ruler will appear on the left side of your screen and on the very top of your screen. Click the top ruler, hold the ruler using your mouse and drag it down to your canvas to place a horizontal ruler anywhere you want on the screen. To create a vertical ruler, drag the ruler from the left side of your screen to your canvas.

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