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The Book of Inkscape by Dmitry Kirsanov

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7.1 Guidelines

The easiest way to snap objects to alignment is by creating a guide, or guideline. Guides are visible, infinitely long straight lines on the canvas, but they are not objects. They cannot be selected, they don’t print, and they don’t show up on bitmap exports. Although they are saved with the document, they are not part of the SVG standard and are therefore invisible in SVG viewers other than Inkscape. They are just Inkscape-specific helpers for organizing your artwork.

For example, guides may separate parts of your layout, helping you visualize the edges of the various areas or cells. A guide can be a centerline helping you draw symmetrically around it. Or you can use a guide to quickly check if several objects are really aligned ...

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