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Old Feb 29, 2004, 4:38 PM   #1
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Creating Photoshop actions is better than doing laundry, don't you think? I now have three actions involving guides, one that divides your canvas according to the Rule of Thirds, one that divides it according to the Golden Mean, and one that simply locates the exact center. If you want them, they're here for the taking:

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Old Feb 29, 2004, 6:21 PM   #2
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Thnx Barbara. I grabbed them and will take a look at them
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Old Feb 29, 2004, 7:02 PM   #3
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After you've fooled around with them a bit, let me know what your feelings are about the difference between the Golden Mean and the Rule of Thirds. It's a large difference...to my eye anyway. I think I prefer the Golden Mean.
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hmm.......i thought the golden mean was the one with the two diagonal lines....?? is that a different one?
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How does one use this "action" :?:
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you go to the "actions" pallette (with the layers....one of the tabs) and click the arrow on the top right...and then click load action....then find it and hit ok.....
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btw how do you get the ones you just put up to go down.....and use another one without the old one coming back up?
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what does the action do - put the grids in there for you?
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To eliminate the guidelines, go to View, then click on...um... I can't remember, though it should be obvious--maybe something like Clear Guides. I could have added the clearing chore to each of the actions but chose not to because there will be occasions when I'll want to analyze a photo using first one grid than the other without having to go back and forth from one action to the other. You can easily record your own action to clear the lines, assigning it a hot key like F12 so you don't have to use the menu method. (Good idea, Barbara. Why don't you do this yourself? Think I will.)

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First, you have to put the .atn files into Photoshop's "presets" folder.

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The exact definition of the Golden Mean involves this ratio: the smaller part is to the larger part as the larger part is to the whole. If you divide an 8-inch line using this ratio and use an approximation to do so, the smaller part will be 3 inches and the larger part will be 5 inches.
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Old Mar 2, 2004, 7:38 PM   #9
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Do I have an actions pallette in Photo Shop Elements 2?
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thanks

i didn't see the clear guides there lol
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