I am going to try something new with my page starting today, and then will be every Sunday (at least try). I have been a user of Photoshop for many, many, many…well, let’s say…(moons)^Nth..(i.e. moons raised to the Nth degree), and I have gained a lot of knowledge of the tool during that time. Thus, I have decided to share some of that knowledge with you!
Given the above, here is the first tip!
While in Photoshop (PS), you can put a grid overlay over the image you are editing (Mac: CMD H or PC: Ctrl H to toggle the view on and off). The grid overlay helps in making alignments in the image, such as straightening out horizons.
By default, the grid overlay is set where many lines are visible, which does make it harder to view the image. However, you can set the grid view to be more usable, such as setting to have a “Rule of Thirds” guidelines! “Rule-of-Thirds” is a composition principal which is common in art, and a subject for another day (search the Internet for more details on ROT principal).
In Photoshop, press “CMD-K (PC: Ctrl-K)” to open your Preferences. Click on “Guides, Grid & Slices” from the list on the left and change the settings for the “Grid” section as follows: Gridline every 100 percent, Subdivisions 3, change the grid line color to one of your choice (default is white. I like to use green) and click “OK.” This creates a grid that divides the image into thirds both horizontally and vertically. You can then turn on the grid by pressing “CMD H” (Mac) or “Ctrl H” (PC), and a “Rule-of-Thirds” grid will be superimposed over the image.