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Hi all,

 

Sorry I'm about to ask a very basic question but I haven't found quite what I'm looking for in the forums or in the tutorials. I have limited knowledge of graphic design programs (just bought the new Affinity Designer work book though!).

 

All I'm looking to do is create some template documents that can be used to create tags for a retail store. I have just been using msft Publisher in the past, but wanted to try it out with Designer. And I would prefer not to purchase an InDesign license at this time.

 

What's the easiest/best way to separate a letter size document into segments (ie. add guides to the document showing 4 quarters). I was trying to set the margins, etc but there's gotta be an easy way to adjust the grid or margins to show on the document?

 

Sorry for the simple question!

 

Thanks,

 

T

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No worries, T!

 

I would suggest dragging horizontal and vertical guides onto the page and drop them anywhere. Then open the Guides Manager (View menu), select one, edit the value and press Enter/Return to move it, then do the other guide the same way.

 

Mike

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I would suggest dragging horizontal and vertical guides onto the page and drop them anywhere. Then open the Guides Manager (View menu), select one, edit the value and press Enter/Return to move it, then do the other guide the same way.

 

Alternatively, save yourself some work by opening the Guides Manager without first dragging any guides onto the page. When you click on the 'Add new horizontal/vertical guide' icon at the bottom of either of the two panes in the Guides dialog, the new guide will be placed halfway down/across the page.


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The Guides Manager also accepts simple arithmetic operators & can be switched to display in percent. So you can do things like entering 100/3 & 200/3 in percent mode to divide the page into 3 sections.


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Ah, you guys are awesome - thanks for the quick replies!  Got the Guides Manager all figured out now, thank you.

 

Now to figure out how to add bleeds or margins to each quarter...  :lol:

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Ah, you guys are awesome - thanks for the quick replies!  Got the Guides Manager all figured out now, thank you.

 

Now to figure out how to add bleeds or margins to each quarter...  :lol:

 

More guidelines...

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The Guides Manager also accepts simple arithmetic operators & can be switched to display in percent. So you can do things like entering 100/3 & 200/3 in percent mode to divide the page into 3 sections.

 

Alternatively, keep the current measurement units displayed and enter things like 100%/3 or 200%/3.


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Alternatively, keep the current measurement units displayed and enter things like 100%/3 or 200%/3.

The Guides Manager is fairly flexible in that respect. In percent mode it respects parentheses so things like 100*(2/9) will also work. The equivalent in current measurement units like 100%*(2/9) doesn't seem to work while 100%/(9/2) does, so it is a bit quirky.


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Whoops, I'll try to remember to report that on Monday

While you are at it, it would be nice if the Guides Manager supported the relational expressions like h/2 or h-5 that the Transform panel does.  :rolleyes:


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