Grids in GIMP
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...
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).
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 :)
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.
You recall correctly. It is under Filters->Render->Patterns->Grid.
Originally Posted by Elothan
I'd suggest putting the grid on its own transparent layer, as well.
Elothan is absolutely right. You should use Filter->Render->Pattern->Grid.
Great, thanks a lot! I tried it out on my maps and it works like a charm.