Composition tools: the Layout grid

The placement of objects in a painting can dramatically affect the overall appearance of the finished work. Corel Painter includes many tools and features to help you compose, size, and position images and image elements. You can display the Layout grid, which provides an easy way to divide your canvas so that you can plan your composition. For example, you can divide your canvas into thirds vertically and horizontally to use the compositional rule of thirds.

This Layout grid is used primarily for composing artwork before you begin drawing or painting.

To show the Layout grid

  • Choose Canvas > Compositions, and choose Show Layout Grid.

You can adjust the number of divisions, size, angle, color, and opacity of the grid. Learn more about the Layout grid settings in the Corel Painter help.