Transparent Grid

Hi, I need to set up a transparent grid, kind of like a checker board that I can overlay on other images. What is the best way for me to do this?

Thanks,
Fulano
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mmarx82Commented:
Turn on your Ruler with Ctrl+R or by going to View then rulers
Now to make your grid. Click and drag from the ruler onto your work area, these lines are transparent and support the snap feature if needed.
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Mr_FulanoAuthor Commented:
Hi mmarx82, what I need is a grid with black lines and a transperant background so I can overlay the grid on another image and see the bottom image with a checker board type god on top of it.
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Mr_FulanoAuthor Commented:
Correction on my post above...

>>checker board type god on top of it.<<

should read:

checker board type GRID on top of it.


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mmarx82Commented:
Is the attached Image similar to what your your wanting? I'll start writing what I did and post next if so.

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mmarx82Commented:
1. Bring in your background on the bottom layer.
2. Create a new layer. (Shift+Ctrl+N) Rename to Checkerboard if you want
3. Make sure the new layer is above your background layer in your layers panel.
4. Make your grid with lines from my previous post.
5. Use your Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and highlight the selected part of the grid (make sure Snap is turned on ( Ctrl+Shift+; ) )
6. Use the Paint Bucket Tool and click in the highlighted part of the grid.
7. Repeat 5-6 until the Grid is filled in how you want.
8. Now still on the checkerboard area Click on the Add a Layer Style button (looks like fx, circled in attached image) and choose Blending Options.
9. Now you can change the Opacity or the Fill Opacity to get the effect your after.

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mmarx82Commented:
Now obviously your background layer should be unlocked unlike mine to where you can put your images on that layer and still have the checkerboard effect on top of it.
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Mr_FulanoAuthor Commented:
Hi mmarx82, your image is kind of what I need. The only exception is that I don't need every other square to be solid. I only need a wire like grid. In other words vertical black lines and horizantal black lines and I need to see the layer below.

Thanks,
Fulani
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mmarx82Commented:
Like this? If no, please provide a link to something that looks similar...
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Mr_FulanoAuthor Commented:
Hi mmarx82, YES...the second image is more what I need to do. I need to have an overlay that I can place over other images that has "subsections" like what you demonstrated above. I'd like my lines to be a little narrower, but I can adjust that to my specific needs. I just need to know how to accomplish what you did above and be able to use it from image to image.

Thank you very much for all your help!

Fulano
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1intelsysCommented:
Mr Fulano, what version of PS are you using, even with a version as old as PS7 you can go to View>Show>Grid to see a grid that will allow you to divide the image in to manageable sections without actually appearing on the image.  This is more of a guideline grid which is what I am assuming you are looking for.
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mmarx82Commented:
the steps are pretty much the same as what i gave you before but  you do step four different slightly different. i'm on the road so i'll post it later if you don't figure it out by then.
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Mr_FulanoAuthor Commented:
Hi 1intelsys, I'm using Photoshop CS2. I don't think that the "View>Show>Grid" option will work for me. I need a special grids of different and unique sizes and shapes. Your suggestion would produce a standardized grid that I'd have to tweak each time I use it on a new image. I think that mmarx82's approach is good, I just need to wait until he can finalize the steps that will allow me to produce a template type of grid to do what I need to do.

Thanks,
Fulano
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Mr_FulanoAuthor Commented:
Thanks mmarx82, I'll wait...thank you for your help.

Fulano
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mmarx82Commented:
1. Bring in your background on the bottom layer.
2. Create a new layer. (Shift+Ctrl+N) Rename to Checkerboard if you want
3. Make sure the new layer is above your background layer in your layers panel.
4. Turn on your Ruler with Ctrl+R or by going to View then rulers if it is not already on.
5. Begin making your grid by clicking and drag from the ruler onto your work area.
At this point your image should look something like mine.

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mmarx82Commented:

6. Use your Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and highlight the selected part of the grid (make sure Snap is turned on ( Ctrl+Shift+; ) )
7. Use the Paint Bucket Tool and click in the highlighted part of the grid.
See My Image, should be starting to come together now...

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mmarx82Commented:
8. Repeat steps 6-7 until all lines are filled in.
9. Now still on the checkerboard layer, Click on the Add a Layer Style button
10. Now you can change the Opacity or the Fill Opacity to get the effect your after.  

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mmarx82Commented:
11. Click on file, Save for web and devices
12. Save your image.

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Mr_FulanoAuthor Commented:
GREAT job.
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