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Awesome free extension Griddify solves the grid issue in Photoshop

By Benjie Moss | News | May 28, 2014

It’s long been accepted that building a solid grid is the foundation of a strong site design. Of course, the grid shouldn’t dictate design decisions, but it sure is a great way of making that blank page look a little less blank.

Frustrating then, that Photoshop hasn’t evolved past its rather archaic approach to grids; one of the many issues that have contributed to its decline as a primary design tool for web designers. However, that issue has now been addressed in the incredible free extension Griddify.

Released by gelobi, the extension adds an intuitive panel to Photoshop that includes three simple, but all-encompassing, options: Griddify, Divide, and Wrap.

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The Griddify option will create a grid of guides; the default option is vertical, left to right, just enter a pixel value and hit ‘Griddify’ and a guide will be added at intervals matching the value you entered; you can even enter multiple numbers, giving you the option to create columns and gutters; then click the orientation button and add guides horizontally to create your baseline. The Divide option is excellent for laying out responsive sites, as it splits the selected area into the specified number of sections. Finally, the Wrap option adds guides to the edge of your selection, it will even offset the guides if you enter a number other than 0.

One of my favourite features is the ability to limit your guides within a selection, allowing you to quickly nest grid structures.

There are a couple of issues with the plugin: it isn’t currently as crisp as you’d like on retina displays, and the insertion point isn’t clear when entering values; however these are more than made up for by the core functionality.

It’s unlikely that Griddify will arrest the decline of Photoshop by itself, but if you’re still working with the PSD format, it will save you hours of time that used to be spent clicking ‘View > New Guide…’

Even if you’re not a Photoshop user, make sure you check out the awesome web presentation gelobi put together—it might look like a video, but watch to the end to find out what it really is.

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  • A.J.

    If Photoshop is declining as the software of choice for web design, what’s rising in its place?

    • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/ Benjie — WebdesignerDepot

      That would be the $1m question.

      There isn’t an adequate replacement, but then Photoshop isn’t adequate either—being bloated with features that designers don’t need, and under equipped with tools for responsive design.

      Most people aspire to designing in the browser, but end up using a combination of different apps.

      • Lasse Rafn

        Macaw is great too :)

      • Mike

        I’m not a fan personally. Macaw exports code that includes absolute positioned elements and lacks basic functions like hover states. I’ll stick to hand coded HTML & CSS over a WYSIWYG any day.

      • Lasse Rafn

        I sure do too! I never use WYSIWYG – but plain coding

      • Lasse Rafn

        I totally agree, on coding it myself :)

    • O.

      The (arguably) best tool out there will be Macaw.

      • A.J.

        Hmm, I like coding, so I don’t know how I feel about software that is advertised as “the beginning of the end of coding.”

  • http://designcrawl.com Design Crawl

    I know. I like Griddify. It makes like so much easier when you’re building layouts in Photoshop.

  • Eric
    • Lasse Rafn

      This is by far, the best one!

  • justinyonk

    You should also check out Guide Guide (http://guideguide.me/). I’ve been using it for a couple of years, and it’s also free, creates grids/columns, finds center lines of any selection, and more.

    • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/ Benjie — WebdesignerDepot

      Looks good, I’ll give it a try, thanks.

  • Lasse Rafn

    Also, http://guideguide.me is a great plugin similar to grid calculator (within Photoshop) if you’re looking for some advanced options too

    • http://www.phoenixstudios.co.uk Greg Donert

      Thanks for the tip :)

  • Sebastián Andil

    I guess they just work different… Griddify seems like a more automated version of guide guide for me