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How to Create a Photoshop Grid Template

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What You'll Be Creating

In today's tutorial, we'll be looking at how to create a reusable Photoshop grid template with just a few clicks! The end result will be great for Instagram grid templates and other 9-box grid templates.

What You'll Learn in This Adobe Photoshop Tutorial

  • What are grids in Photoshop?
  • What are guides in Photoshop?
  • How to save grids in Adobe Photoshop
  • How to create grid template columns
  • How to create an Instagram grid template

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What You'll Need

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1. How to Add a Guide in Photoshop

Step 1 

First, go to View > New Guide Layout.

new guide layout

Step 2

Let's start with some simple guides at the center of the canvas by putting 2 Columns and 2 Rows, and making sure Center Columns is Checked. 

center guide layout template

Step 3

Turn this guide into a guide template by going to Preset > Save Preset and naming your guide. 

2. How to Create Grid Template Columns

Now, let's take a look at how to create a 12-column guide template.  

Step 1 

Again let's go to View > New Guide Layout.

Step 2

Now, let's do our settings. You can change any of these settings to suit your needs! Our settings today will be: 

  • Rows: Unchecked 
  • Columns: Checked 
  • Number: 12 
  • Width: 70 px
  • Gutter (the space between the columns): 30 px 
  • Center Columns: Checked 
grid template columns

Step 3

Let's go ahead and turn this guide into a guide template as well, by going to Preset > Save Preset and naming it. 

3. How to Create an Instagram Grid Template

Let's finish up by looking at how to create an Instagram or nine-box grid template.

Step 1 

Let's go to View > New Guide Layout.

Step 2

The settings will depend on the width of your images, whether or not you want space between your images, or if you even require a margin on top. 

For our settings today, let's go with:

  • Rows: Checked 
  • Columns: Checked 
  • Number: 3 
  • Width: 1200 px
  • Height: 1200 px
  • Gutter: 50 px 
  • Margin: Top 400 px (optional)
  • Center Columns: Checked 
instagram grid template

Step 3

Drag and drop your images onto your grid! Everything will snap into space, perfectly aligned. No guessing or wondering here! 

grid template

That's It!

And that's all there is to creating a reusable Photoshop grid template in Photoshop! Save yourself some time by creating your very own set of Photoshop grid templates today. 

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