Design made easy with grid overlays

by | Apr 7, 2009 | Scrapbooking Ideas, Scrapbooking Supplies | 2 comments

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.)

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

2 Comments

  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.

    Candi

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