How to Enable Grid in Photoshop

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Let’s face it, creating a project with measured guides, accuracy and precision give our designs that clean and polished professional look. When designing with Photoshop, you can effortlessly enable the Grid feature to help you align specific elements to a more precise and specific area.

Using the grid feature can also help you become efficient because it somehow organizes different parts of your image into sectioned areas so you can identify and edit it easier. Also, take note that grid lines will not appear on the actual file when you save it. The grid is just a guideline while working on your project in Photoshop.

There are a few simple steps on how to enable grid in Photoshop.

How to Enable Grid in Photoshop

Step 1: Open a New document or an image that you’d like to work on by clicking “File” > “Open“. The file directory box will appear – select your file from the directory then click “Open” again.

Step 2: Once your file has been opened, click on “View > Show >Grid“.

how to enable grid in photoshop
How to enable grid in photoshop

Step 3: Now that you’ve enabled grid, you will notice that lines have now appeared on your image.

The darker lines are the grid, while those little boxes with dotted borders are called “Subdivisions”.

Snap To Grid

Enabling the Snap to Grid option helps you move elements faster by snapping the object that you’ve selected to the closest grid area. This is quite helpful when your project doesn’t specifically call for a custom adjustment or area editing. Snap to Grid will give you efficiency and ease without compromising precision, quality and the clean look of your final design.

To activate Snap to Grid, simply click on “View” > “Snap To” > “Grid“, make sure that the Grid option is checked.

To deactivate Snap To Grid, simply click “Grid” again to uncheck it.

Snap to Grid is Enabled vs Snap to Grid is disabled

Customize the Grid

If you don’t like Photoshop’s automatic grid feature, there’s also a way in which you can customize how your grid will look. You can change the color, distance of grids, number of subdivisions inside a grid, and style.

Step 1: To access the Grid Preference box on a MAC OSX, click on “Photoshop” > “Preferences” > “Guides, Grid & Slices“.

Step 2: The Grid Preference box will appear and you may now supply your desired values for the custom Grid. In this sample, we are going to adjust the Gridline to 2 inches with Subdivisions set to 3. We also changed the color of the Grid to Light Blue instead of the default Black.

Step 3: Click “OK” then check your image. You have now customized your Grid. If you’ll notice, the gridlines are now Light Blue in color, spaced 2 inches in between each other, with 3 subdivisions per grid – just as what we’ve supplied. You can continue to adjust the grid according to preference and work until you get the final and desired edited design.

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