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    Hi,

    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...

    /Jeppe

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    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).

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    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

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elothan View Post
    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.

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    Elothan is absolutely right. You should use Filter->Render->Pattern->Grid.

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    Great, thanks a lot! I tried it out on my maps and it works like a charm.

    /Jeppe

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    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?
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    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.

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    Well maybe I'm just blind. Or illiterate. Or *both*, before I've had my coffee
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