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Is it possible to print the background grid?

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Print Background Grid

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Is it possible to print the background grid?

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No. But you could create one easily using the transform-effect

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I know you can manually create a grid but I was hoping for something even easier. Like "print background grid", it seems like this would be an obvious feature that would come in handy, at least for me.

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There is no print/output option to print the grid. Easiest way to print existing grid is:

  1. Set your view to 100%
  2. Hide all layers
  3. Shift command 4 (MAC) to take a screenshot (crop carefully on your page)
  4. place that screenshot on a top layer in your docuement and set blending mode to multiply

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Thanks mike,

That's another good work around but why do we need a work around at all? I feel like this is something adobe should have resolved by now.

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Yes grids have been around for along time, and I do recall other people requesting this long ago. Though we desire the software we use to be perfect, we are not in a perfect world, and what may seem like a no brainer to us, is one of thousands of requests sent in to Adobe.

I have a long list of feature requests myself, and hope to see some of them make an Adobe update in the future.

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Could you please elaborate on transform effect, it's not readily available and the detail I'm requiring is not resolved from the "take a screenshot" suggestion...

Thank you for your advice

-G

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It's just (possibly) a more efficient way of drawing the gridlines manually, except the lines will all be an 'effect' of a single line instead of separate objects.

Say you have a square artboard, 1000 x 1000 px.

Create a single line down the left side of the artboard top to bottom (use smart guides to align it perfectly).

Select it and go Effect > Distort & Transform ) Transform.

Apply a 20px horizontal move. Add 50 copies. Apply.

Add another transform effect (select 'Apply new effect' in the dialog box that follows)

Apply a 90 degree angle and add 1 copy. Apply.

You'll now have a grid of 20px squares.

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It is unbelievable that there is not an option to print gridlines.

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