(Working in Adobe Photoshop 2023)

I'm working with hexagons and went to the trouble of making a pixel perfect grid of guidelines so that I can quickly align my layers as needed (necessary with hexagons due to that pesky square root of 3 in their ratio). The problem is that my layers are not snapping to the intersection of the guide lines as I expect... i.e. the center of the layer is not snapping to the intersection. I have snap to guide lines turned on. What am I missing here? enter image description here

  • hexagons cant actually be pixel perfect. you know. you can though use faux hexagons. anyway im pretty sure your meaning of pixel perfect differs from what it really means.
    – joojaa
    Commented Dec 31, 2022 at 21:14
  • I understand that hexagons can't be pixel perfect. I acknowledge that in this post. My question is actually independent of hexagons... I've gone to the trouble of defining guide lines that I want to align to. (These guide lines take into account the pixel drift of the hexagons). In any event, I'm just trying to align to the intersection of the grid lines.
    – Trekkie
    Commented Jan 1, 2023 at 2:22
  • You have too many snapping points. Try using arrow key nudges.
    – joojaa
    Commented Jan 1, 2023 at 8:49

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The problem your seeing is that you have too many snapping magnets enabled. It is a bit unfortunate that people don't want to identify what to snap where to snap, which wouldn't have this problem. By rejecting this kind of framework and letting the software just snap what it can is you get much more snapping magnets to manage and even small changes snap you to different places.

Now the default snapping is meant for box layout. Its not doing you any favors. Its not so much that it odes not snap to the center it just prefer to snap to other things too. Ideally youd turn off part of the snapping filters in view menu. But alas photoshop does not give you a fine grained enough options (trying to be simple). But do try some of them like disabling pixel/gridsnap and temporrarily hiding layers you don't want to snap to.

Instead as a alternative try to use arrow keys to nudge in place.

PS: By the way i feel like youd be happier doing this in illustrator because it has a bit more nuanced snapping system (but harder to find options)

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