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Crop to a better composition with the new Rule of Thirds grid in CS5

Added on Monday 6th of September 2010 04:38 am EST


Adobe Photoshop CS5

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


I just upgraded to Photoshop CS5, and when I cropped an image, grid lines appeared in the crop box. Is this a new feature, and can I disable it if I want to?


Yes, this is a new feature added to the Crop tool, allowing you to crop your image based on the Rule of Thirds. The Rule of Thirds is a design principle that photographers and artists use to position their image elements into a better composition.

The way The Rule of Thirds works is you view your image composition through some type of grid overlay, which separates the image into thirds both horizontally and vertically. When you position the primary focus of your image in any of the intersecting lines, you’re bound to have a much better composition than if your image is smack dab in the middle, like the haystack in Figure A.