Posted in Design, Tips by
Anthony Hortin
(Updated: October 12, 2012)

Photoshop CS4 has a great new feature called the Pixel Grid. The pixel grid appears when you zoom past 500% and can help with editing at the pixel level.

You can control whether this grid is displayed or not using the View > Show > Pixel Grid menu option.


If you don’t see the pixel grid menu option, then you most likely haven’t got OpenGL enabled in your Photoshop preferences. To fix this, select the Edit > Preferences > Performance… menu option. Make sure that Enable OpenGL Drawing is checked.


I personally find the Pixel Grid really useful. Do you? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear.

12 responses on “10 Second Tip – Controlling The Photoshop Pixel Grid

  1. Kox

    Please help! I have CS4 and i want to have only grid, but not pixel grid and i can’t turn it off. It’s not checked View > Show > Pixel Grid. I even try to disable OpenGL so there’s no Pixel Grid in View > Show but it’s still there when i turn grid on and no, i’m not in 500% zoom. Any clue? Thx

    1. Anthony Hortin

      Hi Kox, If there’s a grid displaying and you haven’t got the “Pixel Grid” option checked (within the View > Show > Pixel Grid menu option) then it’s most likely another grid that’s showing. Also, the Pixel Grid will only display after zooming in more than 500%. Check whether the View > Show > Grid option is checked. This will make a grid display whenever you’ve got it checked, no matter whether you’re zoomed in or not. 🙂

  2. John Stanowski

    But can we snap to this Pixel Grid? I don’t see options for it anywhere. When designing a website I might transform a Vector Mask and I see that it’s possible to leave it in between pixel grid lines giving it a sub-pixel width. Know what I mean?

    1. Anthony Hortin

      Hi John,
      You can’t snap to the Pixel Grid but what you could do is turn on ‘Snap To Grid’ (View > Snap To > Grid menu option). Then, set up your grid preferences (Edit > Preferences > Guides, Grid & Slices… menu option) so that the Gridline is displayed every 1px (& 1 subdivision). You can then simply use the keyboard shortcut key to display/hide the grid as required. Hope this helps 🙂

  3. mccanute

    Ha! So long, pesky pixel grid!
    Thanks, Anthony. And you were right about the 10 seconds, too. 🙂

  4. mccanute

    I know it’s a big date, but haven’t you jumped the gun (or the fireworks) a bit? As of right now I cannot find any calendar that will agree to more than 3 July… 🙂

    1. Anthony Hortin

      Glad you found the tip useful. Thanks for leaving a comment. I’m over in Australia and so is the server where this site is hosted, which is why it’s already July 4 😉

  5. LOL

    Erm well guess what, first the Pixel Grid option is not an option and now ENABLE OPEGL DRAWING isnt clickable!

  6. Denis

    How can this annoying grid be disabled forever for all files, by default in such a way, that I won’t ever see it again ?