I'm looking for somewhere in Experience Design where I can create and drag horizontal and vertical guides around the page. I use this alot in photoshop for designing interfaces. e.g. I want to design to a 1140px container with a three column grid inside with gutters, and horizontal guides to align my type. Is there some kind of layout/guide/grid tool that I am missing? Other than that 'grid' tool that draws repeated squares all over the artboard - this doesn't allow for guides and rulers like what I am looking for.
Adobe XD doesn't have a way to create real guides yet. You can add your vote for that feature here: Guides – Adobe XD Feedback
In the meantime though, you can closely approximate guides this way: create regular Line objects and then lock them so you can't accidentally move or select them. Other objects will snap to these lines just like guides. The only trick is, if you ever need to export the whole artboard, you'll have to manually hide these lines so they're not included in the exported image (you can multi-select them in the Layers panel and then use Object > Hide to toggle all of them at once).
Hope that helps!
When I can expect to add option guidelines Layout?
Minimum viable product being redefined? Medieval stuff guys, this is the bare minimum.
I create a bootstrap guidelines by hand (rectangles)
I positioned them in front of the layout but when I try to move elements, I can´t.
Even the guidelines is locked.
Looking forward to guides being added - yes a basic requirement but on the whole, XD is a MASSIVE timesaver so can live with it for now.
Work around as suggested - draw your grid using lines - they can be positioned exactly, by using the right hand property panel for x and y co-ordinates. Once you are happy with it, save them as a symbol so they can be used everywhere. Alternatively, create them in Illustrator (quicker using duplicate) and paste it in.
Also, you can draw 2 lines (horizontal or vertical) and set them as a "Repeat grid" to very quickly draw a grid.
Waiting for this too!
The original reply was in 2016. Any updates?
When will XD have rulers and guides?
Sketch user here! Trying to give XD a fair shot. Here are two major annoyances that I've discovered so far:
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Did you take a look at the Assets panel (for styles, colors, themes, components) and/or the Adobe CC Libraries ?
You can set up one or more artboards to serve as style guides.
And did you notice the somewhat lighter area flashing when you move your cursor away from an artboard ? That's the ruler, the guide's source ! I know, it's bit of a hidden gem, until know it. But having rulers alongside every artboard would become a visual nuisance, I guess. How does Sketch handle this ?
Welcome to the Adobe XD community and thanks for using Adobe XD. In addition to what Peter has said, we would also suggest checking these two article on the same:-
We really appreciate your opinion of adding the Rulers in XD, we'd like to inform you that the feature is already under review and the team is working on it. We'd suggest submitting your feedback here: https://adobexd.uservoice.com/forums/353007-adobe-xd-feature-requests/suggestions/14160699-rulers
and upvote the request to add your voice.
Hope it helps.
Thank you for your reply.
Thanks for giving some insights on how Sketch deals with it. 🙂
I'm not a Sketch user, but I guess the XD team members know it.
I hope the team comes up with some fitting solutions to the points you make. Within the Adobe realm, they do try to be some kind of a renegade application (though taking a good look at Sketch). But while trying to be different, they sometimes miss the mark, or overshoot what's obvious. Like with zooming in on a selection, and creating or deleting multiple links (in the latest version)...
Like Peter said, the team is aware of the improvements they have to make to these features and they are working on it. I suggest upvoting the relevant requests in Uservoice https://adobexd.uservoice.com/ to make your voice heard.
YAY! I found out where the guides are..... just float your cursor on the edge of the artboard (left for vertical guides, top edge for horizontal) and you can pull in guidelines to your artboard... AWESOME!!!!!. I still haven't found the rulers...
Great. You are able to use guides in XD. For rulers, we would suggest submitting your feedback here: https://adobexd.uservoice.com/forums/353007-adobe-xd-feature-requests/suggestions/14160699-rulers and upvote the request to add your voice.
Hope it helps.