How to change ruler in Photoshop to inches

How to change ruler in Photoshop to inches. Rulers are small but really useful tools when you are cutting, combining, or editing images in Photoshop. Depending on the specific job, you may want the ruler to show up in different units of measure, such as pixels, percentages, or even inches. In this article, Theartcult will show you how to change rulers in Photoshop.

How to change ruler in Photoshop to inches
How to change ruler in Photoshop to inches

What is ruler in Photoshop?

Rulers help you position images or elements precisely. When visible, rulers appear along the top and left side of the active window. Markers in the ruler display the pointer’s position when you move it. Changing the ruler origin (the (0, 0) mark on the top and left rulers) lets you measure from a specific point on the image. The ruler origin also determines the grid’s point of origin.

How to show rulers in Photoshop

If you do not see the rulers displayed on the two edges (top and left) of the image editing interface in Photoshop, it means that they are not activated. To display rulers in Photoshop, navigate to View > Rulers or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + R ( Command + R on a Mac).

How to show rulers in Photoshop
How to show rulers in Photoshop

Of course, you can also hide the ruler when you don’t need it by performing the same operations again as when you turned it on.

Ruler Photoshop keyboard shortcut
Ruler Photoshop keyboard shortcut

How to change ruler in Photoshop to inches

How to change ruler in Photoshop to inches
How to change ruler in Photoshop to inches

Adobe Photoshop currently supports 7 different types of measurement units, including:

  • Pixels
  • inches
  • Centimeters
  • Millimeters
  • Points
  • Picas (1 pica = 12 points)
  • Percent

The fastest way for you to change between units of measure is to right-click on the ruler and select the option you want from the drop-down menu.

 change between units of measure
change between units of measure

Alternatively, you can also change the ruler’s unit of measure through the Photoshop preferences pane. Navigate to Edit > Preferences > Units & Rulers. (On a Mac, you go to Photoshop > Preferences > Units & Rulers).

In the “Units” section, click the “Rulers” drop -down menu, then select the unit of measure you want to use.

select inches
select inches

Note: When you change the ruler’s unit of measure, the new unit of measure will be applied to all of your open Photoshop tabs.)

FAQs

Is it possible to change the default ruler unit?

Unfortunately, there’s no way you can change the default measure units or set them up to fit the measurements on your images. Photoshop remembers the last unit you used.

Is it possible to set different ruler units for different documents?

Again, unfortunately not — you can’t set different units of measure for different documents in Photoshop. Photoshop ruler units are a common setting. This means that any changes will be applied in all documents you open in Photoshop. This is quite annoying if you are editing images and designing prints at the same time.

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