I'm trying to build an art exhibition that fits into a 5x5 meter square. I have rectangular boxes that I want to set up in a pattern. So I want to make a grid that's made out of rectangles on my design. Is there a good way to do that in Photoshop?

  • If this has anything to do to print, Indesign would likely be the better app for this. I found a couple example videos on it's grid making, auto-fit and gap adjusting: youtube.com/watch?v=Cue0Pmn1-2Qyoutube.com/watch?v=JogH4Mfc2nI
    – Joonas
    Commented Nov 14, 2019 at 7:56
  • Thanks. Watched both of those. But I'm trying to split one picture into a bunch a rectangles so its kind of the opposite.
    – Potato
    Commented Nov 14, 2019 at 17:11
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    Could you post some kind of sketch illustration what you are trying to achieve? And add a few more words. I can understand what you are saying in 2-3 different ways.
    – Wolff
    Commented Nov 14, 2019 at 17:11
  • Are you trying to split an image into smaller tiles which are to printed separately? (Illustrator would be good to use for this.) Or do you simply want to draw a grid on top of an image and print it?
    – Wolff
    Commented Nov 14, 2019 at 17:13
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    can you edit your question to add some image example? it's kinda hard to imagine what is the end result you want
    – Luciano
    Commented May 14, 2020 at 8:09

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Try View > New Guide Layout from the menu.

  • Will that show up if a save the image? I want to make a layout guide so that I can follow the design box by box
    – Potato
    Commented Nov 14, 2019 at 7:54
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    @Potato Well, no. It'll create guides. But you can then draw lines on the guides which will appear when output.
    – Scott
    Commented Nov 14, 2019 at 18:49

I'm a little confused as to what you are asking. I don't know if you are interested in (1) having one picture that is broken up into cells in a grid with a gutter between cells, (kind of like when you see one image across multiple screens at once) or (2) if you are looking to fill the cells with different images.

In any case, you can use the regular rectangle frame tool and click and drag, but while you're dragging, use the left & right arrow keys to add more cols or up & down arrows to add more rows to your grid. When you let go the mouse, you'll have a bunch of frames (cells) displayed as a grid.

At this point, if you are interested in option (2), you can open the folder with your images and drag them into the separate cells individually.

If you are interested in option (1), you can then (while having the grid of frames all selected) use Ctrl+8 (Windows) to Make Compound Path. You can still move the individual cells around or even resize or delete some to make space for text or whatever.

Then, just load the image you want to use. Copy the image (Ctrl+C) after it loads, then delete it (Ctrl+X). And, select the frame grid and use the paste into command (Ctrl+Alt+V). You'll end up with one image distributed across all the cells.

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