I’m currently using Illustrator and Photoshop CS6 and my goal is to create a UI for a Battleship game. I have my eyes on this to use as a reference:
Photoshop cannot do much vector and grid work so I’m at the Illustrator step right now, I will need Photoshop in the future for styles and effects. Currently, I have the main grid setup here:
I also start on the “nested” grid, but the way I’m doing it now is quite tedious, I’m making the nested 2×2 grid by hand via copy paste. Not only does this take long but its also not living up to be like the reference picture:
Can I get some suggestions or tips on how to make my grid look more like the one in the link above?
Here’s a really simple way of doing this.
- Create a single square of your grid, including the nested grid
- Select this square and group it by hitting Command+G
- Make sure Smart Guides art turned on by hitting Command+U
- Now, with this group selected, hold down Shift and drag your shape sideways until it ‘clicks’ into the next shape
- Repeat this step with the new shape by hitting Command+D until you have a complete row of your grid
- Now select this entire row, and repeat steps 4 and 5 but this time down the page
This method will result in a grid made up of matching squares, which you may find is a bit over-wrought for what you need. A simpler way of creating your grid is to use criss-crossing lines. To do this:
- Draw one line
- Select it, hold Shift and drag it sideways to create the next gridline
- Select this gridline and, on the Stroke panel, change it to a dashed line
- Select both gridlines and, holding Shift, drag them to the side to make copies. Hit Command+D a few times to repeat this step.
- Now select all of your gridlines and, on the Align panel, click Horizontal Distribute Space
- Select all of your gridlines and hit Command+G to group them
Object > Transform > Rotateand click
OK)to create a copy of the group rotated 90 degrees
- Select both groups of lines and using the Align panel, centre them horizontally and vertically
Source : Link , Question Author : Enkrypton , Answer Author : Alex