Tips and Tutorials

Divine Proportion Guide, Sizing and Positioning

Written by Jinny Brown

Question:

The questions were about sizing and positioning the Divine Proportion Guide.

Response:

Depending on the orientation you choose for the Divine Proportion guide (landscape or portrait), when it's set to Size 100%, the longest side of the guide will fit into the image window and fill the image window either from side to side or from top to bottom. By default, it's displayed in the center of the image, either vertical center (landscape orientation) or horizontal center (portrait orientation).

If your image happens to be proportioned so the short side is .382 of the long side, it's proportions are the same as the Divine Proportion guide and the guide will fit into the image window when it's Size is set to 100% and the guide's orientation is the same as the image orientation, either landscape or portrait.

Image proportioned the same as the Divine Proportion guide, using Landscape Orientation:


Image proportioned the same as the Divine Proportion guide, using Portrait Orientation:



If your image is not using those proportions, the Divine Proportion guide will cover only part of the image even when it's Size is set to 100% and no matter which orientation is chosen:


To move the Divine Proportion guide click the Divine Proportion tool (looks like the Divine Spiral, depressed in the screen print below) or click the "," key (comma) and your cursor will change to a hand (like the Grabber tool cursor). Then you can click and drag the guide anywhere you want.





© Jinny Brown
September 17, 2007