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How to use grid in Affinity Designer tutorial

How to display the grid in Affinity Designer as well as change the settings for the Affinity Designer Grid. A quick tutorial showing the basic and advanced grid settings

Grid in Affinity Designer

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  1. View menu in Affinity Designer

  2. Show grid (to show or hide the Affinity Designer grid)

  3. View menu

  4. Grid and axis manager

  5. Set automatic grid to OFF

  6. Use basic grid

  7. Set the spacing

  8. Set the number of divisions between the main grid lines

  9. Set the color of the grid lines

  10. Set the color of the subdivision lines

  11. Set the opacity for both (as required)

  12. Use the grid

grid and axis manager in affinity designerYou can always use the default grid or automatic grid as displayed in the grid and snapping axis settings. If you want to tweak things, you can via the grid and axis manager

Advanced grid settings in Affinity Designer

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You can always just use the basic settings but there are a vast range of other types of grids which can be used with technical drawing etc.


  1. Click the advanced tab

  2. Set the grid type to something other than standard such as isometric, trimetric, triangular, two axis etc. Depending on the type, some settings will be disabled.

  3. Set uniform or not

  4. Set first axis settings for the grid

  5. Set angle if available

  6. Set gutter if available

  7. Set second axis if available

  8. Set additional snapping axis setup


All kinds of amazing grids can be created and then used with snapping and objects in Affinity Designer

Snapping objects to grid in Affinity Designer

snapping objects pen tool and panel in affinity designer
  1. Go to the snapping panel along top bar of Affinity Designer

  2. Enable snapping

  3. Set snap to grid ON

  4. Go to the pen tool in the toolbar / box

  5. Click on grid to add points (you will see a little indicator for the snapping)

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