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Old 06-03-2008, 11:44 PM
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Creating A Grid Using Microsoft Word

I've been searching for a way to grid an image. I don't have Photoshop or anything similar. I invented my own solution. Here are the steps.

1. Create a table in Microsoft Word in the desired size. e.g. 4" x 6".

2. Make the individual cells in the desired size ( height x width) e.g. 1 " squares.

3. Insert your .jpg picture into your word document. You can size it to whatever dimensions makes the image clear for 'griding' .

4. Format the picture to " hide behind text" using the picture format tool.

5. Superimpose the table ( i.e. grid) over the picture.

6. Color the gridlines (use the line color tab on the table drawing tool) I often make the gridlines yellow or orange.

7. You can format your picture to either full color, grayscale, or black & white.

8. Print the picture with gridlines out.

This is simple but it works especially for those of us who don't have photoshop.

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Old 06-04-2008, 12:47 AM
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Re: Creating A Grid Using Microsoft Word

Interesting and inventive solution. I would have never thought of using word in that manner since I have several imaging tools that have the capability of creating a grid, but I see how using Word would do the job.

I'm sure there are other software products that would work for that purpose. I guess the phrase "Necessity is the mother of invention" really is true.

Great idea.

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Old 06-04-2008, 09:59 AM
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Re: Creating A Grid Using Microsoft Word

Thanks for the information. I found some pre-formatted grids, and downloaded them, which are in adobe acrobat by doing a search for grids on the internet. I put my picture in the printer and just print the grid on it (any color that will work), but this sounds easy too!
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Old 06-10-2008, 05:24 PM
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Re: Creating A Grid Using Microsoft Word

I found a link to this site on WC http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/lite/ to create graph paper of varying sizes. I did that and printed on my inkjet on a transparency. I can then just place it onto any printed photo that I want without having to edit the photo at all - just an overlay
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Old 06-10-2008, 09:01 PM
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Re: Creating A Grid Using Microsoft Word

Can we see you do this with Word?--Word is my arch nemesis and JUST ONCE--I would actually like to have the last word so to speak. As Chaz said, very inventive.

Nowadays, I put an acetate grid on the photo and then I have a flat white grid on illustration board which I lay flat on a table. I take tracing paper and lay it on TOP of the grid--do my drawing on that and then transfer it to my good paper--I got this trick from some of our cp experts.
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Old 06-11-2008, 12:09 AM
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Re: Creating A Grid Using Microsoft Word

Hi Jay,
I tried to send you a private message but your box is full. If you send me your email to my private box I'll send you a word document with a picture with a grid on top. You can then just add rows/columns to the table as needed and use it for your own pictures.
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Old 06-11-2008, 12:16 AM
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Re: Creating A Grid Using Microsoft Word

I would suggest going to gimp.org, where you can download a picture editor for free. It is almost as good as Photoshop, and if memory serves, includes a feature to overlay a grid across a photo.

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