Cropping Photos for Better Composition Using the Rule of Thirds

Cropping Photos for Better Composition Using the Rule of Thirds

By Bob Taylor

Learn to create great-looking compositions with the Rule of Thirds cropping technique. In this tutorial, PaintShop Professional Bob Taylor gives you a quick demo of how to use the Rule of Thirds when cropping your photos. The Rule of Thirds is compositional guideline that can improve the balance of your photographs. It basically divides your image into a 3 x 3 grid. The idea is that important elements should be placed along these grid lines, or at the intersections. When cropping an image in PaintShop Pro, the Rule of Thirds grid is automatically displayed in your cropping area, making it easy for you to improve the composition of your photo.

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Comments (4)

  • Joan Booth Reply

    The voice for this tutorial is too low. I had it on the maximum sound but still had to strain very hard to hear. The sound on the colour tutorials were fine.

    November 26, 2017 at 9:29 am
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Joan,

      Thank you for the feedback! We have passed it on to the tutorial team for their consideration.

      Corel Discovery Center Team

      December 9, 2017 at 12:25 am
  • Moe Landry Reply

    Video did not play for a while and then came on but no voice.

    August 16, 2017 at 6:24 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Moe,

      Thanks for reaching out! What browser are you using to view our tutorials? We routinely test them in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari among other browsers, and we have encountered any difficulty viewing our tutorials. If the issue persists, make sure your browser is up-to-date, and if that fails, another browser may be the solution!

      One other potential cause for video playback issues is if the network you are connected to is using a proxy or has video sites or content disabled. This is the case in many offices, as well as many public wifi services.

      Hope this helps!
      Corel Discovery Center Team

      August 17, 2017 at 12:00 am

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