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Suppose I need to draw a grid in Photoshop, each square being a certain amount of pixels tall and wide, and the grid lines having a certain pixel width. Like this:

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Currently I do this by drawing one square, copy+pasting+moving+merging it a few times to create one row, copy/pasting that a few times to create more rows above each other.

It works, but feels very clumsy, I'm sure there ought to be a more efficient way to do this?

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If you have Illustrator, I'd do it there. See This: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/16869/… -- then simply copy/paste to Photoshop. –  Scott Nov 22 '13 at 17:54

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Try using patterns. For your example of a square:

Draw your initial square and marquee-select a smaller square that includes the top and left sides only. Then select Edit > Define Pattern... and save your pattern with a name.

Next, marquee-select the area that you wish to fill. Then select Edit > Fill... , choose Use: Pattern and select your square pattern.

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If you are attempting to create a grid just for your benefit while designing, there's an extension named GuideGuide that will do this efficiently.

If you need the grid to be part of the design, I'd recommend creating a line using the marquee tool and then duplicating it as many times as you need, then using the Layer >> Distribute options to get them perfectly even.

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I would also recommend this plugin. –  Aibrean Jul 3 at 16:38

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