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Old Mar 3, 2004, 3:08 PM   #1
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Does anyone know of a program (preferably free) that will put the rule of thirds lines inside the cropping frame (that adjust as you change the dimensions of the frame). I think that this would be a great way to fix composition errors in the original shot. Cropping is usually done by eye, but I think this would provide a good guideline for correct cropping.

Why doesn't photoshop have this? What is adobe thinking? :roll:
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Old Mar 3, 2004, 3:35 PM   #2
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What an utterly cool idea! Over in the Weekly Challenge forum, I posted a link to download a couple of actions I created that automatically put in the guidelines for both the rule of thirds and the Golden Mean, but it sure would be nice if those guidelines were part of the crop tool. I've been mulling over other ways of doing this, but so far, my head's remained empty.
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Old Mar 3, 2004, 3:57 PM   #3
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Yeah, I don't think it would be too hard if I had photoshop's source code and was better at programming. So therefore, I think it would be quite easy for Adobe to include this. It could just be another tool, "thirds crop" or something of the like. Maybe I should email them?

I did download your actions and I really like them. I was actually thinking about doing something like that. Thanks.
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I stole the idea from some bright mind out here on the Internet, by the way.

In any case, I've been wondering if something like what we're talking about could be accomplished with layers, maybe a transparent one with the lines drawn on it. It won't resize the way we'd really like it to, but it could be slid around over the background picture.
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Hmmm, you might be onto something...

I'm going to try some things.
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I'll fiddle around with it too. Maybe between the two of us, we can come up with something that'll work.
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Well, I have something.

I need someone to host the action and psd file.
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Old Mar 3, 2004, 5:21 PM   #8
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Besides a rule of thirds cropping tool, I would like to see a head-sizing oval in the tool. Other programs like SchoolDays have stuff like that so when I am rendering 1000 yearbook shots I can get all the head sizes to match.
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