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Carole Loiselle
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Composition: Simulating a Rule of Thirds Grid


 
 
I would like to know if there is a way to create a grid to use in Photoshop 4. Recently, I read an article that showed how to create one to use in CS2 but was unable to duplicate it in PS4.

1/22/2007 4:22:05 AM

 
John Rhodes
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  Carole, you may be getting too specific by wanting a grid. You can employ the Rule of Thirds by composing by eye. It really isn't necessary to place a subject exactly at a grid intersection. In looking at your gallery, several images illustrate the rule very nicely: "Summer Fun," Painted Flowers," "My Reflection." Don't get so technical that you lose the fun of capturing the image!
John

1/22/2007 6:36:12 AM

 
Carole Loiselle
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  John, thanks so much for the vote of confidence! Greatly appreciate your comments. Carole

1/22/2007 8:57:51 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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  Hi Carole... try visualizing a tic-tac-toe grid through your viewfinder, when you are composing a shot. There are your thirds, horizontal and vertical, should you wish to compose along or near them as John suggests.
Also, in PSE, I find it handy when cropping to re-position the ruler bars' zero-zero point.
Say you took a shot of a dollar bill that essentially filled the whole frame; George's portrait is perfectly centered. Then you decide a different crop, with him off-center on a third, would be better...
You can drag the zero-zero point of the rulers down to say, his right eye. So your horizontal ruler will now count inches, from 0, to the right of his eye, and inches from 0, to the left, plus inches above and below. If you start exploring crop shapes, it is a simple matter to look at the cropping outline and say, the right edge is at 5"---your left edge would need to be at 10" to make George's eye fall on a third. This allows you to set a focal point in your image, on a third, regardless of what shape your crop turns out to be---a perfect square, a long, low rectangle, etc.
I hope this makes sense... You can re-position the zero-zero point, by dragging the little grey square, at upper left... where the horizontal ruler meets the vertical ruler---it has a little cross-hairs image on it. Just click, hold, and drag it somewhere inside your image, to see what I'm talking about.

1/22/2007 5:50:37 PM

 
Carole Loiselle
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  Hi Christopher, I do visualize the grid while composing, however there are times when I bring the image up in PS that it appears off or I would prefer to crop the image. I will try reposition the zero-zero point. Thanks so much for your help. Carole

1/22/2007 6:00:33 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  Ctrl-R brings up the ruler edges in photoshop for a PC.
Just divide the sides by three.
If you actually need a grid, create a blank layer and use the line tool to make a grid.

1/22/2007 10:34:30 PM

 
Carole Loiselle
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  Thanks Gregory, I will give this a try. Thanks, Carole

1/23/2007 3:38:50 AM

 
Dr Silly
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  Carole Use PSE 3.0. If you go to view and click on grid a grid will be placed on you photo. There is a way to change the grid so the only lines you see are the rule of 3 lines, but I do not remember how. If I remember I'll get back to you.

Doc

1/23/2007 5:07:20 AM

 
Dr Silly
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  Me again. Go to Edit and in the drop down menu go to prefences and then to grid. that will open a screen. go to gridlinw and change to 33 and in the dropdown change to percent. And on the subdivision change that to 1 click ok.

And that should give you a grid of rules of 3.

Doc

1/23/2007 5:16:22 AM

 
Colby 
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  Cool trick Doc, it works in Elements 5 as well. Thanks.

See you in your pictures,
Colby

1/23/2007 3:58:00 PM

 
Carole Loiselle
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  Dr.S and Colby, it works in Elements 4 also, thanks for the help. Carole

1/24/2007 4:29:03 AM

 

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