View Full Version : Grids in GIMP

02-15-2010, 02:53 AM

I'm new to computer based mapping and to the guild. I have a very basic issue that has been bugging me for a while: How do you make gridlines (just normal 5' square gridlines) in GIMP?

I can turn on the standard grid, but that seems to be just a set of rulers that won't show up on the final image.

Pardon my ignorance...


02-15-2010, 05:23 AM
The grid function in GIMP (and PhotoShop as well) is a reference tool, it doesn't actually draw grid lines on your canvas. A good idea would be to use the grid to make actual lines.

In Image->Configure grid... you can set the values of the grid to what you prefer and in View->Snap to Grid... you make the brush snap to the grid, and then just use whatever brush you want stroke the grid (manually, I don't think you can auto-stroke a grid).

02-15-2010, 06:14 AM
IIRC, there is a Filter-render-patern-Grid

My install is crashing out so I can not confirm, but i do know it made the grid for me :)

Steel General
02-15-2010, 06:38 AM
There is also a way to render grids in Photoshop - but I'm not currently on a machine that has it so I can't remember the commands.

02-15-2010, 08:14 AM
IIRC, there is a Filter-render-patern-Grid

My install is crashing out so I can not confirm, but i do know it made the grid for me :)

You recall correctly. It is under Filters->Render->Patterns->Grid.

I'd suggest putting the grid on its own transparent layer, as well.

-Rob A>

02-15-2010, 08:14 AM
Elothan is absolutely right. You should use Filter->Render->Pattern->Grid.

02-15-2010, 10:08 AM
Great, thanks a lot! I tried it out on my maps and it works like a charm.


02-03-2014, 11:14 AM
So.. I just drew a grid with 20px spacing, by hand, on a 3000 x 3000 image... and THEN found this post.

Could it be a tutorial? :(

Cunning Cartographer
02-03-2014, 11:16 AM
I'd be surprised if it's not in one of the tutorials or the helpful tips thread (can't remember if it was a stick). I know I started using grids in photoshop once I read about it here.

02-03-2014, 12:00 PM
Well maybe I'm just blind. Or illiterate. Or *both*, before I've had my coffee :P

02-03-2014, 12:07 PM
Don't worry I had no idea idea when I started using GIMP. I used to draw a grid in crazy ways until I found the function under Pattern.

03-15-2014, 04:18 AM
Here's a video I made on the basics of grids using GIMP. This video also shows you how to make the little "cross" markers so popular in outdoor 4e battlemaps
Gimp basics - YouTube (http://youtu.be/j2NtWLIP-pg?t=3m2s)

Formal Abu
04-26-2015, 12:13 PM
IIRC, there is a Filter-render-patern-Grid

Very helpful.