I am doing a sequence of photos and it would be extremely helpful if there was a grid overlay for the photo I am working on when I am not in crop mode, the same as the thirds grid overlay you see when using the crop tool.
I reread my sentence and I can see how it seems like a feature request, but I was asking the question of whether or not the grid overlay existed.
I assume from your response that it does not.
As far as I can tell the crop grid overlay can be turned on and you can still make other adjustments in the Develop Module. Try and see what can be done. The overlay type can be selected from the Develop Module, Menu >Tools >Crop Guide Overlay.
Denis is correct that even when in Crop Mode in Develop all other adjustments can be applied/used. So yes you can have grid overlays active (cycle through them with the "o" key) by activating the crop toll and using the other tools at the same time.
I have tried this, but my only problem is that the highlighted crop area is small.
For example, if I take an original image and crop it by one half, if I leave the crop tool open, the entire image still shows, so while I do have the grid, the image is small.
Is there a way to keep the crop tool open and expand to only the cropped area?
In other words, zoom in and extend the grid to the entire viewable image without closing the crop tool?
We are doing large sequence surfing shots (30+ images) and the subject bounces around the photo area a bit.
If I had a grid when in full view while doing other edits, I would not need to keep toggling back and forth in the crop mode to see exactly where to line up the next shot in the sequence.
But because the cropped image is so small, it is not practical to do the other edits. So after completing the other edits, I need to go back into crop, check the position, back out of crop, go to next image, set position, then resume editing.
If the grid was present it would save 2-6 clicks per photo and we do 500-1000 per day.