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Grid / Layout In Affinity Photo & Settings Tutorial Beginner's Guide

By Andrew Buckle, Video Tutorial Creator / Designer

Updated : 2021

affinity photo grid


How to display / use the grid in Affinity Photo and how to set the grid settings in Affinity Photo tutorial


  1. file

  2. open document

  3. view menu

  4. show grid

The grid can be used for create objects and snapping to a predefined grid. You can use the grid with images and then use that image and grid to create a sketch / drawing / painting (the main reason I use grids in Affinity Photo and it is amazing how many apps do not have this feature so thank you Affinity Photo for including grids in 1.5 etc). You can use the grids to align text and objects and much more in Affinity Photo


To hide the grid in Affinity Photo

hide photo grid affinity
  1. view menu

  2. show grid


which then hides the currently displayed grid

To set the grid settings in Affinity Photo (basic)

basic grid affinity photo
  1. View menu

  2. Grid and axis manager

  3. Use automatic grid (to just use the default grid though personally I never like that feature)

  4. show grid set to ON

  5. set spacing to 100px or 600px etc (make certain that the opacity makes the lines visible)

  6. set the divisions to 10 etc (make certain that the opacity for sub divisions allows them to be visible)

  7. set the color of the grid lines

  8. set the color of the subdivision lines

  9. set the opacity for both types of line

  10. Link the color for the lines if required

  11. close


For more advanced grids in Affinity Photo

grid advanced affinity photo

You can set a whole lot more advanced lines for setting up grids for your images by clicking the advanced tab and you can then have


1. standard

2. isometric

3. dimetric

4. oblique

5. trimetric

6. triangular

7. two axis etc


as well as a number of variants such as changing aspect, gutter, angle etc


It should be noted that some of the grid types do not allow for the full range of settings to be used.


Snapping to the grid in Affinity Photo

snapping to grid on affinity photo

Once you have added a grid, you can also use the snapping features included in Affinity Photo


  1. View menu

  2. Grid and axis manager

  3. Make certain the use automatic grid is OFF

  4. Advanced tab

  5. select the 2:1 isometric

  6. Set the spacing

  7. Set the gutter

  8. Set the divisions

  9. Click close

  10. Go to the snapping at the top of Affinity Photo

  11. Enable snapping ON

  12. Make certain the snapping to grid is ON

  13. pen tool in Affinity Photo toolbox

  14. click at the intersections of the grid


Sadly, the grid cannot be turned into an actual grid - hopefully that will be a feature in Affinity Photo 2 ?