Rule Of Thirds
It states that an image should be imagined as being divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines.
The important compositional items should be placed on the lines or at the intersection of the lines.
Some digital cameras actually have a Rule of Thirds overlay built into their into screens.
If your camera doesn't have one or if you just ignore it then you can modify your images with your favorite digital editing software - Photoshop, Elements or Paint Shop Pro.
When I take a photograph it would be nice if I could pay more attention to composition. Truth is - it never, ever enters my mind. I seem to be a "center the subject in the middle of the frame" kind of photographer.
Here are a few shots with the original and a modified version following the Rule ...
Did applying the Rule have a positive impact?
How about this image ...?
And finally ...
It is left up to you to decide if the application of this rule is worth the effort with your images ...
It is a really useful when you are creating scrapbook pages or any document that includes images and text.
Page Layout - Scrapbooking
If you prowl the internet looking at scrapbook pages you will find, time after time, that they all, to a certain degree, follow the Rule of Thirds because ...
it just makes an appealing appearance!
Here are just a few examples ...
This is a guideline only and there are many instances when it can and will be ignored. It is, however, a nice guideline and will help improve the placement of images, text and embellishments.
Rule of ThirdsPhotoshop
There are Actions that will apply the Rule of Thirds to an image.
With a bit of effort you can create a Shape that can be used on any image in Photoshop.
There is nothing built into Elements so the Grid will have to be used.
To create the Grid ...
Paint Shop Pro
Paint Shop has both the Rule of Thirds and the Golden Mean built into the Scripts palette.
To get to the Scripts go to View > Toolbars > Script.
When the Script palette loads drop down the menu and choose either ...
Now you can resize and crop and move things about to get what you want.
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