How to create a grid in photoshop

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Grids are incredibly important in graphic design and web design. They are the starting point for bringing any project into reality.Grids are used to layout magazines, posters, websites and brochures in an organised manner. Any project can use a grid to balance the graphic elements for the most visual impact. Since Photoshop is the industry standard graphics program, the ability to create grids in Photoshop is essential.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Adobe Photoshop

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  1. 1

    Open Adobe Photoshop. Create a new document by going to the "File" menu and selecting "New," or hitting the key shortcut "Command+N" for Mac users or "Control+N" for a PC. Select the "Default Photoshop Size" option in the "Presets" drop-down menu and hit "OK."

  2. 2

    Open the "View" menu and select "Rulers." Again, open the "View" menu and this time go to the "Show" submenu. Click the "Grid" and "Guides" options. Open the Preferences panel by hitting the key shortcut "Command+K" if you're using a Mac and "Control+K" if you're on a PC. Select "Guides, Grids and Slices" in the menu along the left edge of the panel. Set the gridline text field to 1 inch and the subdivisions text field to 2. Hit "OK."

  3. 3

    Click on the rulers on the edge of your workspace and drag across the canvas to create a guide. As you drag the guide, watch its placement on the rulers. Place a guide 1/2 inch from each edge, so there is a guide at 1/2 inch vertically, 6 1/2 inches vertically, and the same horizontally. Then, click and drag to create guides at 1-inch increments within those four guides.

  4. 4

    Go to the "View" menu, "Show" submenu and click "Grid" to hide the grid. Here is your own grid made out of guides. This grid is fully customisable and you can create a grid to any dimensions. Now that you know how to make your own grid, use this technique for all sorts of Photoshop projects.

Tips and warnings

  • Always create a grid before beginning a graphics project.

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