photoshop friday: rule of thirds grid

We’re back!  First Photoshop Friday of 2012!!  Lisa Harrison has been showcasing different little tips and tricks, picture plays, photo fixes,  tutorials and so much more Fridays here on the blog.   Our members are able to submit questions for her and she may choose their question to answer in her post – so fun and a great way to get answers to your Photoshop questions.  Blog readers are also welcome to submit questions in the comments section if there’s a topic you would like Lisa to cover. You’ll have to keep checking back to see what she does next!

For the next Photoshop Friday in two weeks, Lisa will be randomly selecting an image to edit from those submitted in the comments for this blog post.  If you have a Photoshop question and want to see how Lisa would edit your image please submit it in the comments below.

In last week’s Photoshop Friday, Lisa made a before and after video.  One of the comments left was from Gretchen:  “Great tutorial! I was wondering how you set up the grid on your crop tool. Would you mind explaining how that was done? Thanks!“.  Well, Gretchen, ask and you shall receive!

Lisa has created a tutorial to show you how the rule of thirds grid works in Photoshop CS5 and earlier versions as well.  You can watch the video here and see how she uses it on the following image:


photoshop friday: rule of thirds grid photo


photoshop friday: rule of thirds grid photo

photoshop friday: rule of thirds grid photoLisa Harrison, Vermont
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As CM’s Photoshop expert, it’s only fitting that Lisa is the instructor for the Shooting 104: Intro to Natural Light, Processing 101: Photoshop Fundamentals for Photographers, and Processing 201: Intermediate Photoshop for Photographers workshops. Speaking of her photography journey, Lisa says, “when my son was born I became hooked on photography. I wanted to capture everything I could. When he napped, I read about photography and taught myself photoshop. My husband bought me my first DSLR in 2004 and the rest is history.” With her Canon 5d mark III and various lenses, mostly primes, she enjoys lifestyle photography with bright clean processing and natural skin tones but equally loves black and whites. Living in Vermont with her husband, two children, and black lab Lucy, Lisa loves skiing and boating. Family, friends, Starbucks, her camera and computer are among her list of must haves.

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9 Responses to “photoshop friday: rule of thirds grid”

  1. Jan 06 2012 at 10:26 am #

    So, is this where we should submit photos for the Photoshop Friday in 2 weeks? This is my youngest son on New Year's Eve. I think it would look great in black & white but I never know how to convert to B&W with impact.

  2. Gretchen
    Jan 06 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    I was so surprised so see my name when I opened up my blog reader tonight. Thank you so much for answering my question! :)

  3. Lynda
    Jan 06 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    I'm new to CM….I AM a mom but more importantly, I'm a "Nana" to two (soon to be 3…then 4 in June) grandchildren. I took up photography upon retiring a year ago in June (shoot with a Nikon D90….favorite lens 50mm 1.4). I don't have a business but have taken photos for several families beyond my own….kind of a "ministry". It really helps me to sharpen my skills!

    This picture was taken Christmas eve.

  4. Julie
    Jan 06 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    Love it….thanks so much! I have been looking for help with this so I was super excited for such a great, simple tutorial! Thanks!

  5. Jill
    Jan 07 2012 at 3:54 am #

    This is an image where I have really struggled with her skin tones. I would love some help with this one! Thanks Lisa!

  6. Jan 07 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    This is my first attempt at a composite shot of my friend's 8 day old baby. I feel like I got the composite ok, but I'm really struggling with the baby's skin tones and texture. I would SO appreciate some help with this – I only got one 'shot' with a week-old baby! :-)

  7. Jan 07 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    This is great! I noticed how easy and convient it is to crop using the rule of thirds in CS5 when I watched your video. I tried to look up how to do a similar thing in CS4 and I didn't find anything that made sense. This was perfect! Thank you!!

  8. Tony Sale
    Jan 10 2012 at 10:47 am #

    This is a really cool photo and although the change is subtle it looks so much more impactive following the rule of thirds crop.

  9. Vanessa
    Jan 30 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    Thanks, this was a great explanation and tutorial! :)

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