Saturday, March 13, 2010

Rule of Thirds

This is my latest "creation"! I am very excited about this layout... I really love how it turned out and I am entering it into a sketch contest for My Mind's Eye. But what I really want to show you is the concept behind this layout.... curious?

That's it! Do you see the lines on the layout on the second picture? No, no, I didn't draw them on there, (that would of made me cry...) They are from this....

This is a 12 x 12 piece of acetate that I divided into 4x4 sections... neat, huh? But why? Well this is where the concept comes into play....


This is a rule of thumb for composition. It is used in fields such as design, photography, & painting. It is a guide to what part of an image the human eye is most strongly drawn towards first. Important elements should be placed along the lines or their intersections. Now, go back and look at my layout with the lines on top... do you see where I put the picture? The title?
When you are taking pictures, try to think about the rule of thirds. Mentally divide your picture with these lines. Put your horizon line on one of the horizontal lines... try to put your subject's face at one of the intersections. If you are photographing a building or tree, etc... put it on one of the vertical lines.
There is a ton of information and examples out there about the rule of thirds. I am just introducing the concept. Try designing your next layout with this in mind... see where it takes you.


  1. Okay, Like don't have enough on my mind, now I have to go and figure and study about thirds. Thank you very much. OH and your layout it is just gorgeous. :)

  2. Love what you did with the sketch. Those papers are some of my faves!

  3. Great take on the sketch and great explanation of the rule of thirds.