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Dealing with grids in Photoshop is a pain

Posted on: January 4, 2012

Dealing with grids in Photoshop is a pain

With GuideGuide, it doesn’t have to be. Pixel accurate columns, rows, midpoints, and baselines can be created based on your document or marquee with the click of a button. Frequently used guide sets can be saved for repeat use. Grids can use multiple types of measurements. Best of all it’s free. Honestly, if you haven’t started downloading it by now, you’re probably a masochist. Weirdo…

Grid Tab

  • Fill in the fields and click the GG button to create your grid.
  • Negative margin values will place the guides outside your selection.
  • Hold the clear guides button to clear all input fields.
  • Clicking the icon next to a margin field will apply its value to all margins.
  • Clicking the + button will let you save the current values as a preset.

Sets Tab

  • Double click a guide set to edit it.
  • Hold the clear guides button to delete the selected set.
  • Holding the GG button with a set selected will switch to the grid tab and populate its form



  1. If you have the first version of GuideGuide installed, you may want to uninstall it first. To do so, delete the GuideGuide folder from the following locations.

    Windows (32 bit): \Program Files (x86)\Adobe Photoshop \Plug-Ins\Panels\
    Windows (64 bit): \Program Files\Adobe Photoshop \Plug-Ins\Panels\
    Mac: /Applications/Adobe Photoshop /Plug-Ins/Panels/

  2. Download and upzip GuideGuide.

    CS5+ users using OSX Lion: You will need to install a patch for Adobe Extension Manager first.

  3. Launch the Adobe Extension Manager.

    Windows Users: You may need to run the Adobe Extension Manager as Administrator (right-click the Adobe Extension Manager icon and click “Run as Administrator”).

  4. Click Install and navigate to the guideguide extension file (.mxp or .zxp).

  5. Click OK.

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