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Now at this point, you might wonder, well, how in the world you go back creating a guide? If you want to set things up, if you want to create some guidelines in your illustration to help you out so that you can align object with each other, how do you go about doing it? Well, you just drag guidelines out from the ruler. So if you drag from the horizontal ruler, from the top ruler, then you create a horizontal guideline, like so I am going to undo that guideline here. If you drag from the vertical ruler, you create a vertical guideline and if in mid-drag, if you press and hold the Alt key as you drag, you will rotate that guide 90 degrees, so you can create a horizontal guide from the vertical ruler or a vertical guide from a horizontal ruler while the Alt key is down. Just a little trick that you might want to know about.
Now incidentally, if you can't see the rulers on the screen. For some reason, your rulers are hidden, go to the View menu and choose Show Rulers or just get in the habit of pressing Ctrl+R. Ctrl+R or Command+R on the Mac hides and shows those Rulers.
Alright, I am going to undo the addition of that last guide. I was just showing you how you can create guidelines on this special layer here that we've got set up. Another thing you can do is you can convert any kind of object inside the Illustrator, any object you can draw, you can convert into a guide. So, for example, let's scroll down a little bit inside this illustration and I am going to get my Black Arrow Tool. We'll see more and more about this Black Arrow tool but it's your method of selecting entire objects inside of Illustrator, whereas the White Arrow tool, the next door neighbor here, selects points and segments inside of an object. I am going to go ahead and click on this upper left hand sort of quadrant guide here this square, and I am going to delete it. Okay, so I just went ahead and deleted the guide, and that's how you delete guides inside Illustrator. If you have got a guide that you've created, you can just click on it assuming to Lock Guides, it is turned off, and you can press the Backspace key on the PC of Delete key on the Mac, in order to just get rid of it.
The reason I got rid of this particular guide, this upper sort of left quadrant guide here is because I am going to recreate it, and I am going to recreate it as an object. One of the simplest objects you can create inside Illustrator, which is a square, and I am going to do that by getting myself the Rectangle Tool here. Just go and click on it, you can also press the M key to access the Rectangle Tool if you want, and I am going to start from here, it's important that you sort of follow these specific instructions for right now. I am going to start from the upper right corner, right there, at that sort of guide intersection right there and that way this new rectangle that I am drawing will exactly snap into place. I am working on this quad guides layer, so my object is appearing green. I get a green outline preview as I draw it and I am going to snap into alignment with this lower left hand point right here and then I am going to release. Well, I just got done creating not a guideline but an actual object. Notice, the things come up inside my Layers palette and it's called Path. And I'll go ahead and change it or rename it just so that I am aware of what it is, it's a Square and then I'll say OK but it's still a Square. In other words, it's an actual printing object, it's not a snapping invisible guide that won't print with my illustration, it's a real object inside the illustration. It just so happens not to have a fill or a stroke, that is to say it has no color assigned to the interior of the object or to the outline of the object.
If you want to change that, you can just press the D key, D as in dog, that will access your default colors, you can also click this little tiny icon right there, which get you the default fill-in stroke being a Black outline in a White interior, stroke and fill, Black stroke - white fill, and you will get the default colors assigned to this object.
Alright, so this is a printing object as I say, if I click off of it, it's deselected, if I click off of it with a Black Arrow tool and we can drag it to a different location, what have you. Alright, I am going to undo that, so it goes back where it was. But I can turn this object or any thing I can draw inside Illustrator, I can turn into a guideline and you do that by going up to the View menu, choosing Guides once again and choose Make Guides. Now this has a very strange keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+5 or Command+5 on the Mac. I am going to go ahead and choose the Command however, just to convert the item into a guideline. And now if click off of it, notice it appears in Cyan.