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Introduction to Grids and Guides5:38 with Ashley Burke
Learn about the importance of using grids in design while you work on fine tuning your wireframe with align properties and guides.
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[MUSIC] 0:00 In this section, we are going to begin building our wireframe. 0:05 A wireframe is a simple sketch. 0:08 It is about placement and the arrangement of elements. 0:11 It will help us quickly iterate different possibilities when planning a site's 0:15 structure and functionality. 0:19 We'll be creating two wireframes, both a mobile and web version, 0:21 to give our clients a basic idea of what their finished site will look like. 0:26 In this section, you'll plan the layout and arrangement of the key page elements. 0:31 Good systems are the basis and starting point for almost any design. 0:38 Using this structure will help us to organize and communicate more clearly. 0:42 To create a grid, you need to first be able to create guides. 0:47 To do this, let's first turn on our rulers. 0:52 We will go to View > Rulers, and 0:56 we have hide rulers and show rulers. 1:00 You can see that my rulers are being shown right now. 1:06 So if I do Cmd + R, that hides them. 1:11 CMD + R brings them back. 1:16 Rulers act like rulers do in the real world. 1:18 They help you to accurately place and measure objects. 1:22 They're also how you're going to create ruler guides. 1:27 So, to create a ruler guideline, you go up to either your horizontal or 1:31 vertical ruler bar and you click on the ruler. 1:37 Hold and drag out and while you're still pressing 1:42 on your mouse you can see that it's creating a preview of your guide, 1:47 and wherever you would like that guide to be that's when you would release. 1:53 And there it is. 1:59 So if I wanna create more horizontal guidelines, 2:00 I just go up here, click and hold, and drag, and there's another. 2:04 If I would like vertical guidelines, click and hold, and drag from here. 2:09 And you can see right here, this is a simple example of a grid system. 2:23 Because we're using intersecting guidelines to create in structure content. 2:29 So that's exactly what that is. 2:35 And remember, 2:37 when we're using guides, guides do not show up in your final design. 2:38 They're really just there to help you to align your text and graphic objects. 2:44 If you would like to hide your guides, you can go to View > Guides, 2:52 and here we have Hide Guides, Lock Guides, which are already locked now, and clear. 2:57 So because we're not gonna be using these particular guides, I'll go ahead and 3:04 hit Clear and they will pop off. 3:08 If you would like to just see a grid, we can scroll down to View > Show Grid. 3:11 And in some cases this might help you if you just wanna base this 3:20 while your working to line things up. 3:24 Again, that would not show up on your final, it's just for reference. 3:28 And then last but not least, 3:32 these really awesome things called smart guides And they're different, 3:34 because they're temporary snap to guides that are going to appear 3:39 only when you're creating and manipulating objects, and then they go away. 3:42 Versus the ruler guides I just showed you. 3:47 Those are permanent, unless you delete them, or clear them. 3:49 To give you an example of how smart guides work. 3:54 I'm going to use this comp, and I've created about three shapes. 3:59 Go up to View, and 4:05 make sure that your Smart Guides are checked off here, or CMD+U. 4:07 So in this case, mine are already active. 4:13 So I'm not going to do anything, and I'll just click off. 4:15 If I click and hold these you can see I have a lot of green lines appearing. 4:19 This is all smart guide information that's just temporary so it's telling 4:25 me if I wanna line my object up here right when I get to the edge of that rectangle, 4:30 it highlights so I would know to let go. 4:35 There's a nice sample. 4:40 And not only is it giving us information related to the other objects, 4:42 it's also giving us information related to the art board. 4:47 So I can line up with the art board. 4:51 Can also scale and change the size of this and 4:53 it's going to give me that information immediately of my width and height. 4:58 And we'll be using smart guides throughout working on this project, so 5:03 you'll see them quite a bit. 5:08 If you would like to change your preferences on smart guides, 5:10 go up to Illustrator > Preferences > Smart Guides. 5:14 And here we have different options for the information that you wanna have shown. 5:21 So you can edit this at your will. 5:25 I'm gonna leave it like this for now and hit OK. 5:28 Next, I'm going to be showing you 5:31 how to create a different type of guide using shapes. 5:34
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