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Pencil tool not snapping to grid for pixel art

Community Beginner ,
Jul 29, 2019 Jul 29, 2019

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I am trying to make pixel art and I have followed all the tutorials exactly but my pencil tool does not snap to my grid, I have the pencil set to 1 pixel but it seems to be a different pixel size than the grid. I've set the ruler to pixel as well and the pixels made by the pencil tool are the same size as the ruler's pixels but not the grid's. I have attached a video to show what I mean exactly. Please help. My canvas size is 40 by 40 pixels if that helps.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 29, 2019 Jul 29, 2019

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Hi Julien,

That does not sound good, let's make it right.

As the Pencil tool is not snapping to grid, could you please let us know the version of Photoshop you're working with?

Also, try resetting the tool and see if it helps: Basic troubleshooting steps to solve problems and issues in Adobe Photoshop

Regards,
Sahil

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 01, 2019 Aug 01, 2019

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Hello, my version of photoshop is cc 2017.0.0 and I tried to reset the pencil tool but it did not change anything.

Thank you

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 29, 2019 Jul 29, 2019

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You're video was blurry at one point and I don't think you showed if you had snap to Grid selected. Do you? If you do, have you tried resetting the pencil tool?

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 01, 2019 Aug 01, 2019

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Indeed I forgot to show that, but I have snap to grid selected and I tried resetting the pencil tool but it didn't change anything.

Thank you

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 01, 2019 Aug 01, 2019

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Is there a reason that you're still using PS 2017 and not the latest version?

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 07, 2019 Aug 07, 2019

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It's the only "free" one I could find

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 07, 2019 Aug 07, 2019

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julienm  wrote

It's the only "free" one I could find

Hi Julie,

Photoshop is not free. Do you mean pirated or do you mean something else? If it’s pirated, that could be the reason it doesn’t work.

Here are the plans. The least expensive is an annual plan, either paid monthly or prepaid.

Creative Cloud pricing and membership plans | Adobe Creative Cloud

~ Jane

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 08, 2019 Aug 08, 2019

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jane-e

I'm giving OP the benefit of the doubt  and assuming they meant "available machine", not "free" software.

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 07, 2019 Aug 07, 2019

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This is not a Snap To Grid  problem.  It's a problem with the size of your Grid.

Change Grid size by going to Edit > Preferences > Guides, Grids & Slices.  Change Gridline Every:  to 1 Pixel.   Hit OK.

New grid size fits the pencil size.

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 02, 2020 Nov 02, 2020

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Hey, all! I am having the exact same issue right now. My version of photoshop is 22.0, and I've got a Student Licence.

I tried everything that was suggested in the comments but my "pencil tool" of 1px is bigger than my 1pixel grid with 1 pixel subdivisions...

Please, help...

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New Here ,
Nov 14, 2020 Nov 14, 2020

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Hi, I have same problem on Photoshop 2020, to fix that I downgrade photoshop to 2018 (version 19).

 

I hope this answer help you

 

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 15, 2020 Nov 15, 2020

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Thank you for your answer! I think my problem was that I was trying to draw with the "brush tool" at 1px size, in stead of the "pencil tool". That worked for me. But thanks either way!

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New Here ,
Jan 29, 2021 Jan 29, 2021

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Hi, I'm using Photoshop 2021 and having the same issue. I'm using the pencil tool with snap on, grid size correct and all the other correct settings, but the pencil does not snap at all and is not the right size. My resolution is 72dpi, could this be affecting it? I am keen to resolve this without downgrading as I use photoshop for all my work.

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New Here ,
Nov 24, 2021 Nov 24, 2021

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The problem is that you are showing both the grid and the pixel grid. Tray to untick the grid and show just the pixel grid, go to your layers and set a black background and you'll see the pixelgrid. Now the pencil should fit the grid.

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