As a follow up to last week’s post, More on Clipping Masks, I thought I’d share just a bit about Photoshop Elements’ Grid and Snap to Grid features. These two tools are highly useful when it comes to alignment–specifically, aligning shapes of the same dimensions for say, a clipping mask.
To get started using the grid, it’s easiest to view it by selecting to View>Grid (or, PC: Ctrl-‘ and Mac: Command-‘). Then:
- Adjust the Grid to your personal preferences, by selecting Edit>Preferences>Guides & Grid. I like to have my grid set for a major line (the Gridlines) every inch with four minor lines between the majors (e.g., four Subdivisions). This allows for accuracy down to a quarter-inch and I rarely need more than that. However, if you do, you can adjust the gridlines to fit your project.
- Next, ensure that View>Snap To>Grid is selected.
- Then, lay down some shapes.
- Finally, move your shapes around with the Move tool (V) and observe how they gravitate toward the grid lines, making it easy to position the shapes accurately.
And, that’s all there is to it!
Though it’s easy, it’s super useful, too, and I recommend using the Grid and Snap to Grid features whenever there’s graphic designs in the making–whether they’re scrapbook pages, photo templates/cards, or when you’re simply having a little fun with clipping masks.