Setting the exact number of rows & columns on project graph paper makes project planning so much easier. Think of how nice it will be to work with project grids that have just exactly the right number of squares.
As a first example, let's create a grid that is exactly 6 rows x8 columns. We'll be making adjustments to the layout and page settings. Later, we'll run through a second example to create a 6x8 grid of squares, rather than rectangles.
MAKE A GRID WITH 6 ROWS AND 8 COLUMNS.
Of course the initial starting grid isn't quite what we want — time to make adjustments!
Tap to bring up the control menu, then switch from rectangles to row/column. To change the rows to 6 and columns to 8, either tap the -/+ buttons or tap into the number field to get a keyboard and type in the number.
Add labels to grid with 6 rows by 8 columns.
Then, make the labels! (Orange circles.)
1. Tap on a color to turn on the labels.
2. Adjust the size of the labels.
3. Set the corner where labels start.
4. Place labels at or centered on the grid lines.
Adjust numbering on grid with 6 rows by 8 columns.
Prefer numbers to start at 1 instead of 0?
Let's do it!
Adjust to be 'more square' using margins in page settings on grid with 6 rows by 8 columns.
Want to make the grid more square?
If the grid doesn't need to be EXACTLY square, we can adjust until it 'looks right' by adjusting the margins in Page Settings menu (Red circle.) The next example shows how to set the number of rows and columns for a grid that must made of squares.
MAKE A GRID OF SQUARES WITH 6 ROWS AND 8 COLUMNS.
When rows/columns is used to specify the grid, the app creates a grid that fills the area within the margin settings — without constraining the grid to squares.
This second example, we'll create a square grid that is exactly 6 rows by 8 columns and the grids square.
First, tap the “square” icon and change the size until there are 8 across. This happens at 7/8”.
Finish up this grid of squares...
With the main grid defined, it can be finished up with subdivisions, triangles, borders, etc.
Most options are added with a tap on a color to activate it and set its options.
Being able to create just exactly the graph paper you need is what makes GridMaker and QuiltPaper so powerful. Being able to control the print settings makes them unique.
One final caution when using the Custom paper option to control printing.
The problem of losing rows or columns can happen when 'Custom' is chosen in Page Settings. For example, when a 'Custom' page size was set to 38” x 48” the grid was adjusted to 37 x 47 squares due to the 1/2” margins. Keep in mind you may need to play with the paper size and margins to avoid cutting off part of the grid.