How to Show Gridlines in Photoshop

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Photoshop allows you to sketch your own artwork from scratch using your mouse. If you want to draw, sketch or edit with mathematical precision, you can use Photoshop's grid lines. These lines span vertically and horizontally across your screen, much like a sheet of graph paper. But unlike graph paper, you can remove the grid lines at any time.

  • Open a document in Photoshop. Click "File" and then click "Open" on your menu bar to open an image or previously-created project. You can also click "File" and then " New" to create a fresh document.

  • Click "View" on the menu bar at the top of your screen. Hover your mouse over the "Show" option near the bottom of the list, and select "Grid" from the second drop-down menu. A grid will then appear over your document. This will not show up in any printed or saved versions of the image. It is only a guide.

  • Click the "Edit" menu at the top of your screen and click the "Preferences" options, if you want to change the appearance of your grid. Select "Guides, Grid and Slices" from the list of "Preferences" tabs.

  • Click inside the option boxes in the "Grid" section of your "Preferences" window to set up your grid parameters. Using the "Color" box, you can choose the color of your grid lines. Using the "Style" box, you can select the appearance of your lines (such as solid or dotted lines). In the following box, choose the distance between your grid lines. In the final box, choose the number of subdivisions. Your subdivisions are the smaller, faint lines appearing between your main grid lines. Click "OK."

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