Design made easy with grid overlays

Jennifer Wilson

I’m your guide here at Simple Scrapper. Our community helps people find what fills you up and fits your life in memory keeping.

April 7, 2009

Your graphics editing program has a super-useful feature that is under-utilized by most scrappers. It’s called the grid. In most applications, you can turn the grid on or off in the “View” menu.

The grid helps you to:

  • create a perfectly spaced photo or page border
  • precisely re-size papers or crop photos
  • align elements, text or photos
  • design a color-blocked layout
  • follow the rule of thirds

Here’s an example. I blocked this layout completely using the grid, as well as used it to align the text. (And yes, I did also swap out some papers in between this shot and the final.)



Bonus Tip – In Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, you can completely customize the grid size and style by visiting:  Preferences > Guides, Grids & Slices

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  1. Candice S.

    Indeed you are correct!!! Duh! I have never even seen that feature, let alone use it!! And that is just dumb, seeing as though I use the rule of thirds and the “grid” on my camera. Everytime someone takes a picture with my camera, they say, “What the heck are these lines for!?” LOL!

    Thank you again for yet another brilliant tip. Can ya tell I just love your blog?!?! I tell everyone I know about it. Which reminds me, I need to place a link on my blog! Shoot, meant to do that weeks ago!!!! It’ll be done by tomorrow. I feel as though I am cheating my fellow scrappers and friends by not passing on your wonderful info!

    I am not sure how many hits per day your blog gets, but I hope it is a lot. I have learned so much in the short time that I have been following you!

    Talk to you soon.


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