A grid that can be coloured in. Anyone have any idea how to achieve this?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by xerj, Jun 29, 2004.

  1. xerj

    xerj Guest

    Basically, I need to set up a grid that is made of rectangular (non square)
    cells, each of which I can fill with colours chosen from swatches. I suppose
    what I'm after is something that looks like a spreadsheet, but obviously
    done with Photoshop.

    I'm sort of stuck as to how to begin. Does anyone have any ideas?

    Thanks in advance.
    xerj, Jun 29, 2004
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  2. Look up the "pattern fill" tool. It's made for you.

    The Doormouse
    The Doormouse, Jun 29, 2004
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  3. xerj

    xerj Guest

    Sorry, I don't think I explained myself well.

    What I need is to be able to set up a reusable grid that I can then fill
    each cell of with a colour I choose from the palette. As if I am laying
    tiles in a mosaic. It's not a one off thing, it's something I want to use
    multiple times. I suppose like one of those icon maker programs.

    Pattern fill won't do what I want, I don't think.

    Come to think of it, I'm not even sure I can achieve it in photoshop.
    xerj, Jun 29, 2004
  4. This task is ideal for pattern fill.

    The Doormouse
    The Doormouse, Jun 29, 2004
  5. xerj

    Ian Guest

    Open new file - CTRL + N > Enter size (say 100 x 20) contents White
    Set colours to black and white - CTRL + D
    Select all - CTRL + A
    Goto - Select > Modify > Border > set Width to 1
    Fill border - Alt + backspace
    Deselect - CTRL + D
    Goto - Edit > Define Pattern and give it a name.

    Open new file - CTRL + N > Enter size (say 1000 x 1000)
    Sellect paint bucket tool CTRL + G
    On the tool options at the top - click the Fill drop-down and choose
    Click the pattern drop-down and choose your rectangle
    Fill the new image with your pattern.

    Ian, Jun 29, 2004
  6. xerj

    Hunt Guest

    What is the size of your matrix, 10 x 10, or 100 x 100? For smaller matrices,
    doing a set of Layers with masks for each square and leaving them blank would
    be simple. Once Save(ed), this would be your template. Just click on each
    Layer, and Fill with your chosen color. Now, if you have a very large matrix,
    you will probably exceed the limitation of PS's Layers.

    Hunt, Jun 29, 2004
  7. xerj

    xerj Guest


    Thanks kindly!

    xerj, Jun 29, 2004
  8. xerj

    Ian Guest

    No problem, but I just realised that -
    should of course read -

    Set colours to black and white - D

    Ian, Jun 30, 2004
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