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Using Photoshop Grids

A little while ago Photoshop got a great New Guides dialogue box, but there’s another way to arrange layers thats been around for ‘ever’ and works great too, reacquaint yourself with Photoshop Grid.

Grids can be put on from the View menu;


or by using the keyboard shortcut of Cmd+’ (Mac) or Ctrl+’ (PC)

This overlays the the grid on your image, but it might not be as you’d hoped, or difficult to see. You can change the look by going into Photoshop’s preferences, Cmd+k (MAC) or Ctrl+k (PC)


Here you can make things change the colour of the grid to make it stand out a little more;


Change the type of line;


Or what unit of devisions are used;


Here you can see that I’ve made the grid really stand out by changing it to red.


Not forgetting that layers can be set to Snap to the grid as well as guides;



About Eric Renno (435 Articles)
Eric’s background in video editing with Adobe Premier led to his interest, and then obsession, with Photoshop. Starting TipSquirrel.com as a hobby he is proud to have gathered together and be a part of The Photoshop Nuts. Known as only “TipSquirrel” for two years, Eric ‘went public’ when he was a finalist in The Next Adobe Photoshop Evangelist competition. He’s also been a finalist in Deke’s Techniques Photoshop Challenge. While still taking on some freelance work, Eric has recently become a Lecturer at Peterborough’s Media and Journalism Centre where he enjoys sharing his knowledge as well as learning new skills. This realisation that he loves to teach has made Eric look at altering his career path.

2 Comments on Using Photoshop Grids

  1. Nice job Eric. Keep it up.

  2. Thanks for the great tips!

    I love using the grid because it helps me to “see” level when I’m viewing images. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that sometimes my mind can play tricks on me and I don’t notice when I’m looking at a photo that’s off horizon. The level helps with that. Plus, as you demonstrated, when combined with the “Snap” feature, the grid makes it crazy easy to align objects.

    By the way, I also like setting the grid to show the rule of thirds. To do this, I use the following grid settings: Gridline every 100 percent, Subdivisions 3. (You can also set the Gridline to 33.3 percent, Subdivisions 1 to get the same effect.)

    Thanks again!


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