How to Make a Printable Grid in Photoshop

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The Grid function in Photoshop streamlines your layout designs, whether for the web or print. A grid line lets you align different elements in your image symmetrically. Not sure how to make a printable Grid in Photoshop? Here’s a detailed guide to help with that.

How to Make a Printable Grid in Photoshop

Knowing how to create a grid is one thing, and knowing how to print it with the image is another. Photoshop gridlines are not meant to be printed as they are visual aids for aligning images. However, if you find the need to print them, how do you do this?

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There’s mainly one method of creating a printable grid in Photoshop, and it’s not all roses. Although this method is not conventional, it helps you achieve your goals of getting that sleek straight lines across every side of your images.

Below are the steps to follow for you to print gridlines on your image easily in Photoshop:

  1. Open up Photoshop on your computer
  2. Go to the Menu bar at the top of the screen and select the “Filter” option
  3. Then,  go to the option titled “Vanishing Point” and select it
  4. You’ll see a grid Icon is displayed; double-click on the Icon to bring up a preference menu at the top left corner
  5. Set the appropriate size for the gridline on this Menu
  6. After that, click the option “Render Grids to Photoshop”
  7. Click OK to confirm this setting.
  8. This feature displays a grid on the document as a pixel layer.
  9. Change the color or de-saturate the grid to get rid of the blue lines.
  10. Place the original grid on the screen and take a screenshot of it
  11. Set the appropriate size of the screenshot
  12. Then open a new file and paste the screenshot
  13. Crop away any unwanted part of the image
  14. Then, place a grid on the printable image
  15. Click on print

How to Create a Grid in Photoshop

The process of making a grid in Photoshop is not quite as difficult as it may sound, and it is rather simple. Creating a grid in Photoshop can be done in a number of different ways. The following are the steps for you to follow to create a Photoshop grid:

Method 1: The Standard Approach to Creating a Grid

  1. First, determine the dimensions of the image that you’ll be editing (1400 * 1400 pixels is the standard)
  2. Navigate to File on the menu bar
  3. Select “New” to open a new file or press CTRL + N
  4. Set a suitable size for the Image on which you will apply the grid. (If you’re using the standard 1400, you can apply a size of  50 by 50 so that it can be seen.
  5. Choose a grid color that can be clearly seen
  6. Select a suitable brush size for the grid
  7. Draw a straight line on the right side
  8. Draw another straight line on the bottom of the square
  9. Then, go to “Edit” and click on “Define Pattern”
  10. Give the pattern a name related to your grid setting
  11. Navigate to the image that you will be using the grid on
  12. Select the “Add Adjustment Layer” icon.
  13. Click on Select Pattern…
  14. The grid pattern will be displayed on that image accordingly
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Those are the detailed steps for creating a grid in Photoshop. However, if you feel like those steps are a bit complex, there’s another simple way to create appropriate gridlines in Photoshop. The method discussed below has some steps for you to follow:

Method 2: A Faster Way to Create Grids in Photoshop

  1. Open Photoshop on your computer
  2. Go to the “View” section of the menu bar
  3. Choose “Grid” to add a grid to your workspace which is displayed immediately
  4. The grid consists of lines and dotted lines
  5. You can edit the appearance of the lines, units, and subdivisions.

How to Make a 3 x 3 Grid Pattern in Photoshop

With a standard 3*3 grid pattern, you can move the important parts of your picture around to make them look better. Also, re-cropping to use the rule of thirds can make a huge difference in the composition of an image. How do you use Photoshop to make this pattern?

  1. Load up Photoshop on your computer
  2. Go to the section called “File”
  3. Click “New” to create a new canvas that is 3000 pixels by 3000 pixels and 300 pixels per inch
  4. Navigate to the “View” option and select “Show”, then click on “Grid”
  5. Go to View, then select Snap to and click on “Grid”
  6. Go to Edit and select Preferences
  7. Navigate to the section titled “Guides, Grids, and Slices”.
  8. Change the Grid settings to “Grid Lines every 1000 pixels and subdivisions 1”
  9. To get rid of the Grid lines, press Ctrl/Cmd + H.

How to Split an Image Into a Printable Grid in Photoshop

  1. Choose the slice tool from the “Crop” menu
  2. Using the slice tool, select the whole picture
  3. Right-click on your selection and choose “Divide Slice”
  4. Then, choose the width and height you want.
  5. Now, select all of your slices, click “Save for Web,” and choose your format and compression.
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Related Questions

Here are answers to some other questions you might have concerning how to make a printable grid in photoshop:

How Do You Keep Grid Lines in Photoshop?

In Photoshop, there are several different ways to keep the grid lines. The grid can be seen by going to the View menu and selecting the “Show option.” Then click the button titled “Grid” to display the gridlines.

What Are the Benefits of Making a Printable Grid in Photoshop?

Some of the benefits of making a printable grid in photoshop are that it helps in creating a consistent and uniform design element in Photoshop. They are handy when you want to make sure that the lines in your photo layout are straight.

In addition, the grid feature in photoshop increases your productivity while editing because you can create grid preferences that you can reuse rather than starting from scratch each time you design. This allows you to edit images with a consistent style.


The Photoshop Grid function is a useful tool for layout design, whether you’re working on a website or a print publication. Using the gridlines, you can easily position your image’s elements to give a uniform layout. Adding a “Snap” lets you position objects precisely along the grid’s lines.