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How to Create a Golden Ratio Grid in Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign

Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 15, 2017

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What does the Twitter logo have in common with the Parthenon and Da Vinci’s Last Supper? They are all designed using the Golden Ratio.

Also the Golden Ratio is found in almost every aspect of nature.

The Golden Ratio can help you create natural looking compositions that are pleasing to the eye. In this blog How to Create a Golden Ratio Grid in Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign   I want to show you a simple way to create a flexible Golden Ratio grid you can use to improve your designs.

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How to Create a Golden Ratio Grid in Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign

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What does the Twitter logo have in common with the Parthenon and Da Vinci’s Last Supper? They are all designed using the Golden Ratio.

Also the Golden Ratio is found in almost every aspect of nature.

The Golden Ratio can help you create natural looking compositions that are pleasing to the eye. In this blog How to Create a Golden Ratio Grid in Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign   I want to show you a simple way to create a flexible Golden Ratio grid you can use to improve your designs.

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Nice blog

An alternative quick way in Photoshop is to go to the crop tool - in the options bar set it to Golden ratio

You may need to move the crop handles to make the grid appear - no worries just wiggle them and put them back to the original position (you are not going to crop)

Then drag a guide from the ruler over the golden ratio crop grid

You can now leave the crop tool without cropping - but the guidelines will be in the ratio you require.

Dave

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Apr 13, 2018

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Golden Spiral Problems.PNGNice tip.

2 problems though:

1 - It draws the spiral upside down and I cannot find a way to flip it

2 - It draws the spiral out of proportion.

See attached screenshot

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Apr 13, 2018

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https://forums.adobe.com/people/neil+wilkes  wrote

Nice tip.

2 problems though:

1 - It draws the spiral upside down and I cannot find a way to flip it

2 - It draws the spiral out of proportion.

See attached screenshot

Hi Neil

Use Shift+O to cycle the orientation of the overlay and the direction of the spiral - so there are 8 variations to cycle through (4 of which are correctly drawn)

Dave

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Apr 18, 2018

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Woo Hoo.

Thanks Dave - superb stuff.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 19, 2019

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Thanks for your clear instructions. I had spent 3 hours creating my own grid then found your article. I'll look here first next time.

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Aug 19, 2019

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You're welcome

Dave

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Apr 13, 2018

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I was going to make a flippant remark along the lines of the Golden Spiral being all very well, but what if you are not drawing a snail?  But then I found the image below, and realized that there is no argument against evidence like this.

Image result for golden spiral snail

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Apr 13, 2018

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Trevor, why is it that when I am scrolling through various threads the ones that make me bust out laughing are almost always yours? This is hysterical!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 30, 2018

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Truly - the Trump one made me literally almost fall off the chair here

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Aug 12, 2018

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It can be erratic:

Download ScriphsonTrees panel which can run .jsx scripts

ScripshonTrees - スクリプトパネルの特設ページ イラレ、フォトショのエクステンション Illustrator PhotoShop InDesign After Effects Prem...

and then downloaded this Goldencrop jsx script and put it in Adobe scripts folder.

https://sourceforge.net/projects/goldencrop/

Once run and then cancel is selected in crop mode- one can go back to layers and select and deselect the ones you want.

The benefit is of seeing multiple colour coded grids for the same photo/document.

Screenshot 2018-08-12 at 8.37.02 PM.png

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Jan 23, 2019

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A very efficient and easy solution I use for a long time in Photoshop : golden grids, spiral and other combinations as custom vector shapes .

A Deviant Art user (Masaakikaji) has created these shapes (for CS2 !!) in a .csh file. Just have to import it as a custom vector shape in Photoshop and it's done.

Fibonacci-233 by masaakikaji on DeviantArt

Capture d’écran 2019-01-23 à 17.01.52.pngCapture d’écran 2019-01-23 à 16.59.26.png

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Jul 08, 2020

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Hullo. I would have loved to check out the blog but regrettably the link doesn't work anymore... 404 page not found. Thanks!

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