Okay, so I've been trying to create a grid, but so far I can't seem to get it right. Basically, I want a grid, that covers each pixel in an image. Like, each pixel has a black outline, sort of. So far, I've come up with this, by creating a pattern. But, as you can see, the individual pixels aren't outlined, but a big box essentially covers tons of pixels.

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However, what I actually want, is this effect, as you can see below. I can't seem to get it right.

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Right now, I'm using the Channels layer section in PhotoShop to do this, as that's something I found that worked in a tutorial.

Here is another example of what I need

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Any help would be highly appreciated, thank you!

  • It's simply not possible to draw a grid for every pixel... because if you draw anything it must be at least 1 pixel in size.
    – Scott
    Commented Jul 2, 2021 at 20:14

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A pixel is the smallest "thing" in a bitmap software like Photoshop is. So, if you want something visible, like the black grid, it can't be between pixel, because there is nothing else than well ... pixels ^^. So what you need is a pixel, and around, a black line, that are black pixels in fact.

The pattern is a good solution imo, you need to create a 2px by 2px file, and blacken the pixels as shown here, and use it as pattern in edit.

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Then you use the pattern tool and you will have a grid around

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