I used to create pixel art in Aspire and now am trying to use Photoshop. When I use the 1px pen tool, the 1px brush and 1px grid do not align properly. What is going on?

pixelart grid

  • I can't replicate the issue. When I use a 1 px pencil with 1 px grid, it works just fine. See the screen capture here.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented May 22, 2018 at 17:55
  • Is it possible that your grid origin has been moved?
    – joojaa
    Commented May 22, 2018 at 18:19
  • There are applications designed specifically for pixel art. Photoshop is not one of them. Commented May 23, 2018 at 17:11

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The problem is your grid settings.

Press ctrl+k (or cmd+k on mac) to open the Preferences window and enter Guides, Grid & Slices.

Under Grid make sure to set the unit to Pixels and make sure that Gridline Every equals Subdivisions. For example you could set both to 10:

Guide, Grid and Slices

Alternatively, if you have GPU rendering enabled, there is a built-in 1px grid available. Toggle it with View > Show > Pixel Grid.

  • I did check my grid settings, they were set as you recommended. After I toggle Pixel Grid my issue fixed. Commented May 23, 2018 at 21:02

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