I'm new to PSE 9 and trying to create a collage with photos aligned vertically and/or horizontally. I have tried enabling both the Snap to Grid and Snap to Guides options but neither one seems to be working "as advertised". I have tried snapping frames, rectangles and rectangular masks to the grid or guides all to no avail. The grid and guides are visible when I move the objects. Any suggestions?
Try Window >Rulers
Then click on the vertical or horizontal ruler and drag out a specific guide and drop it where you want.
I do have the rulers visible as well as the guides and grid. I have also tried having only the grid or only the guides displayed The problem is that none of my objects want to "stick" to these lines.
If you firstly enable Grid, for example, on your open image.
You can then click View >>Snap to.
I have done this. The problem is that although I have the grid visible AND Snap to Grid enabled, the objects STILL do not snap to the grid.
Try snapping a selection.
For example a rectangular selection.
I assume you have tried this with selection and the marching ants? If not give it a go.
Otherwise the editor prefs often get corrupted. You may need to rebuild the editor preferences to resolve any conflicts.
Hold down the Ctrl+Shift+Alt keys and simultaneously click on Edit on the welcome screen. Release the three keys and look behind the welcome screen.
You should see a pop up box with the words: Delete Adobe Photoshop Elements Settings File?
Click on Yes
Close down Elements and re-open it in the normal way - then wait whilst it rebuilds the preferences.
Thank you for your suggestions.
I did try resetting the Settings file. This did not solve the problem.
I experimented a bit more with the rectangular marquis tool and successfully snapped it to the grid and guides. However, neither frames nor objects created with the rectangle tool will snap. I already have photos within frames (each in its own layer), and I can't snap these objects to where I would like them to be located. I'm not sure where to go from here.
Which operating system?
That would happen if you were holding down the Ctrl or Cmd key while
moving objects, but since your probably not doing that, maybe either
the ctrl/cmd key is stuck or if your on a mac the version of snow leopard
might cause that.
I had the same problem. I fixed it by turning OFF snap to layers and keeping everything else on. Basically, it just looked like it wasn't snapping, but in reality is was snapping to so many different places that were about 1px to 2px in distance of each other.
Just hopping in to say I came on to find a solution to the same problem and yours worked for me at least.
Sometimes PS can be confused if you don't set your grid preferences correctly.
For example I wonted 1 pixel grid, with thicker grid line every 10 pix.
By mistake I set:
"Grid Every: 1 pix"
And as result, snap to grid didn't work. After changing it to:
"Grid Every: 10 pix"
Everything worked just fine.
This bothered me too. Try what I did. Go to VIEW, SNAP TO and then DOCUMENT BOUNDS. It worked for me. hope it does for you too.
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