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Chapter 4. Super Size Me: Resizing and C... > Cropping Using the “Rule of Thirds” - Pg. 91

The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers The "rule of thirds" is a trick that photographers sometimes use to create more interesting compositions. Basically, you visually divide the image you see in your camera's viewfinder into thirds, and then you position your horizon so it goes along either the top imaginary horizontal line or the bottom one. Then, you posi- tion the subject (or focal point) at the center intersections of those lines. But if you didn't use the rule in the viewfinder--no sweat! Here's how to use Photoshop CS2 to crop your image using the rule of thirds to create more appealing compositions: Cropping Using the "Rule of Thirds" Step One: Open the photo you want to apply the rule-of-thirds cropping technique to (the shot here is poorly composed, with the horizon in the center of the image--it just screams "snapshot!"). Since this is a cropping technique, you realize that the dimensions of your photo are going to get smaller, right? Good. So create a new document that is somewhat smaller than the photo you want, but using the same resolution and color mode (this is very important, otherwise your image won't fit properly in this new document). In the example here, my original photo is 12x8", so the new document I created is only 8x6"; that way, there's room to play with my cropping (you'll see how in just a moment). ©SCOTT KELBY Step Two: While your new document is active, go under the Photoshop menu (PC: Edit menu), under Preferences, and choose Guides, Grid & Slices. In the resulting dialog, under the Grid section, enter 33.3 in the Gridline Every field, and then choose Percent from the pop-up menu on the right. In the Subdivisions field, change the default setting of 4 to just 1, and then click OK. You won't see any- thing in your document yet. Continued Resizing and Cropping Chapter 4 91