- Photoshop CS5 Rule of Thirds Overlay Revealed
Dividing a composition by the traditional ‘Rule of Thirds‘ seems like it is about to become easier in Adobe Photoshop CS5 as revealed in a sneak peek video
just published by Adobe, showing the amazing ‘Content-Aware’ technology they’ve been working on. That video unveils a ‘Rule of Thirds grid’ which overlays the image when Adobe Photoshop Product Manager, Bryan O’Neil Hughes demo’s a crop at about 2:28 sec into the recording. It’s quick, and he just barely mentions it, then it’s gone. Click here for a full screen grab of the above Content-Aware Rule of Thirds Overlay image (in a new window).
While the video is showing other things, that brief mention and show of the ‘Rule of Thirds overlay’ has sparked some discussion on blogs, and in digital photography classrooms that I visited last night. People had already seen the video and were excited and curious about the overlay feature.
While we all wait for the official Adobe Photoshop CS5 announcement event for all the additional details, I had previously written about a great way of doing ‘Rule of Thirds’ in Photoshop, with a cropping script, in another post,
Adobe Photoshop Crop Tool Grid Guide Overlay – Rule of Thirds – Golden Rule – Diagonal which has several really good features. It works in all the versions of Photoshop that I tested, and might very well work with Photoshop CS5 too (though that remains to be seen). Note: the script is not the same as the feature hinted at above.