Good photos often stand out because of their composition. The "golden ratio"
is a simple concept that helps in arranging a motif in proportions which feel
aesthetically pleasing to a viewer. Here we'll show you how to use this
particular composition aid when editing your photos in StudioLine, and how it
can easily heighten the impact of your photos - long after the shutter closed.
Let's take the example of a photo of a person or object. With StudioLine Photo Classic, you
can crop the photo to an area that is based on the golden ratio. Guidelines will divide your
photo into 3 by 3 sections, and you'd place key elements of your photo either on one of the
guidelines or inside the sections formed by them.
In the "Aspect Ratio" portion of the tool settings,
click on "Composition Lines" and make certain a
checkmark appears next to "Gold Ratio".
Use the "rotation" slider to align the photo perfectly or click the "alignment edge" button. Next, drag an
edge along some element in your photo that should be precisely horizontal or vertical.
Drag the cropping handles in the four corners until the key elements of your photo are positioned in
accordance with the golden ratio concept.
The golden ratio had been applied by Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Duerer for their paintings. It
is a division of lines based on the ratio of 1 : 1.618, which also approximates the proportions of the
upper to the lower body of a human. Because it is frequently found in nature, it does feel harmonic
to most people.
In our sample, the vertical center of the female's torso is placed on the right gridline, her head is at the
intersection of two gridlines and the horizon rests at the bottom gridline.
Regardless of which guidelines or sections of the golden ratio you choose for the key elements of
your photo, the result will be a harmonic and enthralling composition.
You can access professional image tools directly from the image viewer to optimize and perceptively
enhance your photo.
A perfect geographic reference will be helpful when searching for specific photos later. StudioLine Photo
Classic has superior geotagging capabilities. On the main toolbar choose "Map", click on one or several
photos in the preview pane, and search the location where the photos were taken. Click the "Pin" icon to
the left of the search field and that's all it takes to assign that location to your photos.
Watermarks discourage against unauthorized use of your photos. StudioLine provides a sophisticated
watermark tool with a broad array of options.