Snapping to Guides and Grid

Snapping to Guides and Grid

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Use Guides and Grid in Photoshop



Guides and Grid Lines are essential for document layout. Once they are in place, it simplifies object placement, drawing shapes and making selections.

For more information on Guides and Grids, see topics, Using Document Grids and Using Document Guides.


Step One

Open a new 500 pixel by 500 pixel Photoshop document (File > New).

Step Two

Activate the Rulers by choosing View > Rulers (Cmd/r (PC - Ctrl/r)).

Step Three

Drag two guides from the horizontal ruler, then add two guides from the vertical ruler.

Step Four

To activate the Snap feature, choose View > Snap To. There should be a checkbox next to Guides and Grid. Also make sure there is a checkmark next to the View > Snap menu item.

Step Five

Click the Rectangular Marquee Selection tool, then click-drag from the upper left guide intersection to the lower right intersection. The selection snaps to the Guides.

Step Six

Delete the Guides by choosing View > Clear Guides and remove the selection by choosing Cmd/d (PC - Ctrl/d).

Step Seven

To see the Grid, choose View > Show > Grid (Cmd/ ' (apostrophe) (PC - Ctrl/ ' )).

Step Eight

Choose the Rectangle Shape tool and set the Tool options to Shape Layer, then choose a Fill color.

Step Nine

Click-drag in the document to add your shape. It should snap to the Grid as the shape is drawn.

Setting the Grid Options

To access the Grid Options, choose Photoshop > Preferences > Guides, Grid and Slices. For PC users, the Preferences are found under the Edit menu.


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