It wouldn't be very hard to create guides to use for creating the lines, since they accept percentages.
There are a couple possible grids: the crop tool, and grids/guides.
All of them have options to change the style or hide them.
Sounds like there is no generic rule-of-thirds guide to use in PS, other than when using the Crop Tool. Could be a good feature for future versions.
Not familiar with grids/guides. Would a custom guide have to be set up for each image since size may differ? And then can that particular guide be saved and toggled on and off? Thanks.
Thanks everyone. I did a bit of digging and learned how to create a "rule-of-thirds" grid for image editing. Unfortunately, it seems you can only set one grid at a time in PS. If you want another type of grid for a particular image, it will have to be changed.
Here's how to set up a "Rule-of-Thirds" grid:
Go to PS Preferences:
Mac: PHOTOSHOP > PREFERENCES > GUIDES, GRID & SLICES...
PC: EDIT > PREFERENCES > GUIDES, GRID & SLICES...
Enter values in "Grid" section as shown below:
If anyone knows of a way to save multiple grid sizes so they can be invoked on the fly, please feel free to pipe-in. Actions maybe? Thanks.
Info from S. Woods at Digital Heavens.
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You might try these two scripts:
Golden ratio grid:
Thanks. The Golden Ratio Grid looks like it will work fine for creating a layer that can be toggled on/off while composing an image.
I installed it on CS5.1 and it seems to work. (For Mac, put downloaded .jsx file into Applications > Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 > Presets > Scripts) You must restart PS for the script to show up at File > Scripts > Golden Ratio.
Sure would like to be able to use the other composition guides that are available in Damian Sepczuk's excellent Golden Crop script. Unfortunately, this script is only for cropping and not for composition editing. Not sure if it would be practical to try using this script and then just not cropping.
The GuideGuide plugin mentioned earlier sounds like it may work. Looks a bit complex so I will have to play with that when I get time.
FYI for anyone following this thread now or in the future:
Damian Sepczuk contacted me with this info concerning image-editing with his Golden Crop script (see earlier link by R Kelly).
You don't have to crop. Just run the script and press Esc or Cancel. The lines would stay as a separate layer group. DS
I have a quick and dirty way that I break an image into thirds.
Select the slice tool, and then click-and-drag it across the entire document. Right click inside the slice and select divide slices. Then it is just a matter of entering in the number of divides you want. For thirds, it is simply just 3 horizontal, 3 vertical.
After that, drag guides to match where the slices are. Usually they snap right into place, unless you have it changed in your preferances.
Following that, with the slice tool selected you can simply right click and delete slices.
It takes less than 30 seconds to complete.
In CC when you select crop there is an overlay option that allows you to select different overlays including golden rule, spiral, rule of 3rds, the icon icon like a tic tac toe box