Last Updated: February 25, 2016
· nickheer

Perfect Pixel Alignment in CS5.1 or Older

Photoshop CS6 fixed one of my long-standing complaints with its vector tools — their refusal to snap to whole pixels. There's now a checkbox to do just that. For those of us who are still rolling with CS 5.1 or older, there's a simple hack to making this work, so your vector shapes stay crisp and wonderful.

In Photoshop preferences, select "Guides, Grid, and Slices" on the left. In the Grid section, set it up to create a gridline every 10 pixels, and to have 10 subdivisions.

As long as snapping is turned on, you should be able to draw shapes to a pixel-perfect grid.

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Thanks for this tip Nick. I have CS5 and that's been driving me insane.

over 1 year ago ·

THANK YOU!!! It's been driving me crazy :P

over 1 year ago ·

Great tip, I wish I could have multiple grid sets though, because I use 34% gridlines with 1 subdivision to help me keep my designs following the "Golden Rule"/"Rule of Thirds" rule.

over 1 year ago ·