Red lines in Figma are guidelines that aid in the precise alignment and positioning of layers within your designs. They are an essential tool for creating well-organized and visually appealing user interfaces, illustrations, and other graphic assets.
Using red lines for layer alignment:
When working on a Figma project, you can move, resize, or create new layers within frames or artboards. As you perform these actions, Figma automatically displays red lines on the canvas to guide you in aligning the layers with each other or with the canvas edges. These red lines act as visual indicators that help you achieve pixel-perfect alignment and consistent spacing.
For example, if you want to align two or more elements horizontally, red lines will appear when the top, bottom, or center points of these elements align with each other. Similarly, when aligning elements vertically, you'll see red lines for left, right, or center alignments.
By using the red lines as reference points, you can effortlessly align elements in complex designs and maintain a cohesive layout throughout your project.
Snapping layers to red lines:
Red lines not only help you with alignment but also enable snapping layers into position with ease. As you drag a layer near the red alignment lines, it will automatically snap into place, ensuring precise placement without the need for manual adjustments.
Creating fixed guidelines:
Figma allows you to create fixed guidelines that remain in place even when you scroll or pan through your design. These fixed guidelines are useful for defining consistent spacing, aligning elements across multiple frames, or keeping specific design elements in a fixed position.
To create a fixed guideline:
- Open your Figma project and navigate to the frame or artboard where you want to create the guideline.
- Locate the ruler panel at the top and left sides of the canvas. The ruler displays measurements in pixels and other units.
- Click and drag the mouse cursor from either the horizontal or vertical ruler into the canvas area.
- As you drag, a red guideline will appear, indicating the position of the fixed guideline.
- Release the mouse button to fix the guideline in place.
Once you have created fixed guidelines, they will remain visible and stationary, allowing you to align elements precisely according to these guidelines throughout your design process.
Using red lines and fixed guidelines in Figma streamlines your design workflow and ensures that your designs are accurate, well-organized, and visually appealing. It's a powerful feature that contributes to a more efficient design process, especially for UI/UX designers and graphic artists.
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