today I’m going to show you quickly how to use the grid tool in Illustrator also why it’s such an important tool to use in graphic design how’s it going people every day is going well I’ve had a lot of subscriber suggestions for videos which is totally amazing I’m slowly going to go through them and today happens to be one of those suggestions how to use the grid tool in Illustrator illustrator the vector based program taken into consideration it is best suited for technical and geometrical drawing Photoshop works with pixels and it’s more of a digital artistic platform generally speaking it is true to best suits things such as logo design and technical design and because of that you have to want to use grids to keep your designs equalized symmetrical you will find the grid tool located here firstly you can click-and-drag to produce a grid if you hold down the click and press the arrow keys left and right you add columns and if you hit the arrow keys up and down you’re going to add rows still holding down the click feed hit X and C on your keyboard you can skew the columns to one side and then if you hit V and F you can screw the rows up and down when we have made our grid you can then change the stroke weight as we would with any normal line illustrator you can also change the color too use the grid as a guide we must lock it in place like so I’m going to show you just how powerful the tool brittle is for designing in the next section a more accurate way to add a grid with the grid tool is to double click the I bored with your grid tool and then open your rows and columns if you want every box equal leave the skew settings alone I’m going to make a simple geometric logo on the fly and now it’s not going to be an amazing design it’s just on the fly just to show you how useful grids I look at designing especially geometric logo designs or symbols emblems are best created with grids you can use the pen tool to cut into your logo design like so making sure that every single pilot design aligns and matches you can use the grids not only to draw and create your logo designs you can align other aspects of the design with each other – finally you can unlock all of your grids by going out the object and I’m not cool and then you have yourself a one symmetrical alignment design if you found this tutorial on the illustrator grid tool and why it’s important a useful video let me know in the comment section below and drop a like on your way out subscribe to stay updated to all of my uploads and until next time design your fitted today peace you


  1. Good tutorial! I have a 12 x 13 cm grid subdivided into 40 x 60 squares, but once I have it created I want it to be repeated throughout the document, do you know how it can be done? Thank you.

  2. Superb, straight to the point and you explained it really well. I never really knew how powerful that tool could be, in fact I didn't know it did all that. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

  3. Hi, sorry for asking that late after the video was release, but would you know how to fuse grid ? I worked on 3 differents grids and there's a white line separing them in the final result, even when aligning them properly =/ Or how to correct the size of an existing one and cut content from another one ?

    Thanks for the video, it's really instructive btw !

  4. Thorough and well presented, great tutorial.

    It doesn't immediately look like you can specify the dimensions of the grid which is unfortunate. Ie, I'd like a grid made up of 1cm squares.

  5. Thanks for the tutorial! I never knew the grid tool allowed you to skew the columns, and it's really cool that there are key commands that let you do so on the fly. I will definitely try this.

    For certain grid tasks, I also recommend the SPLIT INTO GRID function (located in OBJECT>PATH> SPLIT INTO GRID). It doesn't allow you to skew the grid, but it is great for creating layout grids because you can add gutters. Here's a short video that shows how it works:

    You can also turn your grid into GUIDES by selecting the grid and going to VIEW>GUIDES>MAKE GUIDES (Key command: ' CTRL + 5' ( CMD + 5 on a Mac)). I like GUIDES because they don't print, and they can be hidden instantly with the key command ' CTRL + ; ' ( CMD + ; on a Mac). Just my two cents. Cheers!

  6. Perfect! Exactly what I was needing to learn. Thank you so much! I have a question, if you don't mind… Is there a way to preserve the grid inside a shape outline? Example: say I want to use a 1/4'' inch grid (4 x 4 to make 1 square inch) to cover my 8 1/2" x 11" artboard and then draw a 2" x 2" square shape (outline with no fill so the grid still shows), and then be able to print it so the grid and shape still show up.

  7. Im trying to make a graph and I need a square graph 180x 180 to lay over an image how can i do this? thanks!!

  8. I cant snap to the grid using this method .When you use the inbuilt grid then snapping is great but with this method its all over the place .

  9. This is good except how do I get The grid spacing to be more accurate? I made a grid 15.5 inches divided into 1/4 inch segments. When I mark every inch along the grid I'm off by a full quarter inch at the end. That is to say that I have 3/4" left over at the end instead of a 1'2", as the individual 1/4 inch
    segments get smaller and smaller as I go along..

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