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Wayne Hewitt
Wayne Hewitt
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10/22/2014
Wayne Hewitt
Wayne Hewitt
Posts: 34
The current version has a choice of three Composition Lines styles. These styles resize with the selected crop area to enable their use in visualizing the composition of the final crop.

I would like to see tick marks, which do not move with cropping, perhaps four on the left edge and six the bottom edge of the base picture. The reason is that I often a series of pics that I want to crop more or less to the same object size. I have no way to reference whatever size I choose and it is too subjective to reset cropping ratios. On the earlier version I could use the cross hairs on the base picture to do this.
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Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
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10/23/2014
Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
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Wayne Hewitt wrote:
The current version has a choice of three Composition Lines styles. These styles resize with the selected crop area

Actually - if you choose "Simple Grid", then this will NOT resize?

Wayne Hewitt wrote:
often a series of pics that I want to crop more or less to the same object size

Wayne, have you discovered the special "Lock" and "Copy" buttons in the title of each image tool / graphics filter? From your description it wonder if those would accomplish the intended result for you.

Step 1 - use the cropping tool (or any other tools for that matter) - and note the special buttons that I circled:

Step 2 - even later, when you have OTHER photos you want to treat the same way, you can find your "master" image in the image archive, and click on the image tool icon below the thumbnail.

Step 3 - at this point you could either drag the "copy" button from the image tools' toolbar to any number of other images.
OR, you could select additional images (clicking with Ctrl key depressed) and at the end click the "copy" button to apply the same image tool to all.
OR, you could click the "Lock" button on your master image. Now, whenever you pick another image, the "locked" settings will apply to each image:






edited by Andy Schmidt on 10/23/2014

edited by Andy Schmidt on 10/23/2014

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Wayne Hewitt
Wayne Hewitt
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10/28/2014
Wayne Hewitt
Wayne Hewitt
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Andy
I have been using the Copy buttons for some time for a variety of things and really like them.

I was aware of the Lock buttons but had not tried them. I have tried them now and although they may help me some of the time they have some disconcerting characteristics (to me, anyway) that I need to experiment more with.

Regarding 'Simple Grid'. When I switch to it or to 'Golden Rule' I get a different grid within the cropped portion. The Simple Grid does remain the same size as I shrink the crop and it may help me do what I was looking for. The Golden Rule and Rule of Thirds grids shrink along with the shrinking crop (which is to be expected).

I find that I can barely see the lines of the Simple Grid, definitely not as easily as I can see the Rule of Thirds lines. I don't see any way to adjust either their color or weight. There does not seem to be a reference Composition Lines or Simple Grid in the Help. I would suggest you consider converting the 'Composition Lines' text and check box to a display box with a dropdown as Aspect Ratio is. It could have a selection of 'None'

I have included screen shots of Simple Grid and Rule Of Thirds so you can see the grid lines I mentioned.


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Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
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10/29/2014
Andy Schmidt
Andy Schmidt
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Wayne Hewitt wrote:
I can barely see the lines of the Simple Grid...
I don't see any way to adjust either their color or weight.

Thanks for that feedback. We add your suggestion about the improved visibility of grid lines to our internal list. I do see your point.
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