How to Create grids in photoshop

09/12/2023 1,272

Creating grid cells in Photoshop helps the photo alignment process be most accurate, creating synchronization for objects in the photo. However, not everyone knows how to create grids in Photoshop, let's explore right here.

How to Create grids in photoshop

Creating grid cells in Photoshop helps the photo alignment process be most accurate, creating synchronization for objects in the photo. However, not everyone knows how to create grids in Photoshop, let's explore right here.

grids in photoshop

1. Learn about the Grid and Guides system in Photoshop 

Nowadays, people often create grids in Photoshop using Grid and Guides. So what do you know about these two tools? 

1.1. What is Grid?

What is Grid

Grid is a system of parallel and perpendicular lines to form a "mesh", displayed in Photoshop's canvas. Grid divides Photoshop's working frame into small, equal squares, helping users align objects according to a certain standard. From there, creating synchronization and harmony in the design. 

Grid allows you to change the color, spacing and size of the cells in the grid as desired. 

 

1.2. What are guides?

What are guides

Guides are vertical or horizontal lines, pulled from the Rulers bar on the top and left edges of the canvas. Guides have size divisions to help you determine the position, distance, and size of objects in the design. You can create many different Guides, move them as you like. 

 

1.3. Distinguish Grid and Guides 

Grid and Guides are two optimal support tools for designing in Photoshop. They have some similarities and differences as follows:

- Similarities 

Both Grid and Guides are straight lines displayed on Photoshop's canvas. They will help you align, arrange and arrange objects in the design easily and accurately. 

 

- Differences 

  • Grid is a system of parallel and perpendicular lines. Guides are just vertical or horizontal lines. 
  • Grid displays on the entire canvas, while Guides only displays within the Rulers (ruler bar) on the top and left edges of the canvas. 
  • Grid has a Snapping feature, which means that when you move an object near the Grid, it will automatically align to the Grid. Guides do not have this feature, you will have to manually align them. 
  • Grid can be hidden or shown using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + '. Guides can be hidden or shown using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + ; .

2. How to create a grid in Photoshop using Grid 

With how to create a grid in Photoshop using Grid, you can refer to some basic steps as follows: 

Step 1: On the menu bar, select View => Show => Grid (or press the shortcut Ctrl + ').

How to create a grid in Photoshop using Grid

The result will be a grid like this.

The result will be a grid like this

Step 2: If you want to customize the grid interface, click Edit on the toolbar, select Preferences => General (or press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + K).

General

Step 3: In the Preferences box, select Guides, Grid & Slices.

select Guides, Grid & Slices.

Step 4: In the Preferences box of the Grid, you can proceed to change the settings. Specifically as follows: 

  • Gridline Every: Set the distance between straight lines in the Grid. You can choose the unit as Pixels, Inches, Millimeters, Centimeters, Points, Picas or Percent. 
  • Subdivisions: Set the number of subdivisions in each cell of the Grid. You can choose from 1 to 10. 
  • Color: Set the color for the Grid lines. You can choose colors according to the color chart or enter the HEX color code. 
  • Style: Set the style of the Grid lines. You can choose Lines, Dashed Lines or Dots.

After setting the parameters, click OK to save.

click OK to save.

3. How to create Guides in Photoshop 

To create a grid in Photoshop using Guides, you can proceed in a number of ways as follows: 

3.1. Create Guides using Rulers 

How to create a grid in Photoshop using Rulers includes the following 4 steps: 

Step 1: Open Photoshop , on the menu bar, select File => New to create a new file or open a new image. 

Step 2: On the menu bar, select View => select Rulers to display the Rulers bar at the top and left edges of the working frame. You can also press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+R.

select Rulers to display the Rulers bar at the top and left edges of the working frame

Step 3: Hold down the left mouse button on the Rulers bar and then drag it out to the canvas to create a vertical or horizontal Guide line. You can proceed to create as many different Guides as you want.

drag it out to the canvas to create a vertical or horizontal Guide line

Step 4: To move a Guide line, simply hold down the left mouse button on the Guide line and drag it to the desired location. To delete a Guide, left-click on the Guide and drag it outside the frame beyond the Rulers ruler. 

 

3.2. Creating Guides by setting positions 

With how to create Guides by setting positions, we can follow the following basic steps: 

Step 1: Create a new position. 

To create a new location, on the menu bar, select View => New Guide…

New Guide…

Step 2: In the New Guides dialog box, set the following parameters: 

  • Horizontal: Create horizontal Guides. 
  • Vertical: Create vertical Guides. 
  • Position: The position of the Guides starting from the edge of the image calculated by the measurement value on the ruler you use.

set the following parameters

After customizing, click OK to create the alignment line. 

 

3.3. Creating multiple Guides 

To create multiple Guides at the same time, you can refer to the steps on how to create a grid in Photoshop as follows: 

Step 1: On the menu bar, select View and then select New Guides Layout...

select View and then select New Guides Layout.

Step 2: In the New Guide Layout dialog box, set the following parameters: 

  • Preset: Set available options for the number of Guides. 
  • Target: Canvas 
  • Columns, Row: Check to set the number of Guides to be vertical or horizontal. 
  • Number: Number of Guides 
  • Width: Distance between Guides
  • Guter: Distance between two parallel lines. 
  • Margin: Distance from the Guides to the edge of the photo. 

Every time you adjust the parameters, the results of the Guides on the image will change. Observe the framework to adjust until you are satisfied. After customizing, click OK to create Guides.

click OK to create Guides

Step 3: When you create too many Guides and want to delete them all, on the menu bar, select View => Clear Guides.

Clear Guides.

3.4. How to fix Guides 

In addition to how to create a grid in Photoshop, users will also be interested in how to fix the grid. To fix Guides in Photoshop, you can follow these instructions: 

Step 1: After creating the Guides, on the menu bar, select View => select Lock Guides (or press the keyboard shortcut Alt + Ctrl + ; ). At this point you won’t be able to move or delete Guides.

select Lock Guides

Step 2: To unfix the Guides, do the same as step 1 by going to View on the menu bar and unchecking Lock Guides. 

 

4. How to change the color of Guides in Photoshop 

After knowing how to create a grid in Photoshop, you should also know how to change the color of Guides to make the grid easier to see. To change the color of Guides in Photoshop, you can follow these steps: 

Step 1: Open Photoshop, on the menu bar select File => New to create a new file or open a new image. 

Step 2: Create Guides you like.

Create Guides you like.

Step 3: On the menu bar, select Edit => Preferences => Guides, Grid & Slices to open the Preferences window.

Guides, Grid & Slices to open the Preferences window.

Step 4: In the Preferences window, select the Guides, Grid & Slices tab and change the color of the Guides as desired. You can choose colors from the color chart or enter the HEX color code.

choose colors from the color chart or enter the HEX color code.

Step 5: After changing the color of the Guides, click OK to save.

click OK to save.

Above is a summary of some ways to create grids in Photoshop. SaDesign Hopefully the above sharing can help you create grids to edit designs in Photoshop easily.

 
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