How to Make Gridlines in Photoshop


If you are making graphs or charts in Photoshop, there may be times when you would like to add a grid to cover the entire document, either to illustrate a point or to add a decorative effect. Unfortunately the “Grid” that you can automatically apply under “View” is just meant as a guide for your work and doesn't save out with your document. However, with a little effort you can quickly create your own gridlines in a Photoshop document that will save with it.

  • Load an image or chart you want to add a grid to onto your computer, either by transferring it from a digital storage medium (such as a camera CD or SD card) or by scanning it in. If you scan the image in, use a high resolution in your scanner software (600 dpi or more) to get a quality result.

  • Open Photoshop. Select “File” from the menu and click Open.” In the dialog box that opens, browse to the file you load or scanned in and open it.

  • Select “View" in the menu and turn on the “Grid.” This will serve as the reference for creating your own grid.

  • Select the “Brush” tool from the toolbar. Select a very small (1- to 2-pixel) brush. Click on the “Color” in the options and change it to whatever color you want for the lines of your grid. Click on the “New Layer” icon at the bottom of the “Layers” panel.

  • Select the “Pen” tool. Use it to draw in one line of your grid, using the Photoshop grid as a reference. Hit “Enter.” Now draw in the next line. Continue this to add all the lines.

  • Click on the “Path” tab. Then right-click “Stroke Path.” In the dialog that opens, choose the “Brush” tool and click “OK.” You can now adjust the opacity of the layer to make the lines more or less distinct.

  • Select “File” and click “Save As.” Name the file and save it as a high-resolution JPEG.

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