Golden Crop script designed as an aid for cropping images according to the division rules. The script generates visual guidelines for the Rule of Thirds, Golden Rule both Diagonal Golden Rules and four Golden Spirals. Some people think, that aligning vital elements with this guidelines creates special visual impact, making the image more interesting. You can see this guidelines on a picture below:
If you know nothing about dividing rules, feel free to google for some info, or use the following links:
Anyone who wants... and have Adobe® Photoshop® CS2, CS3, CS4 or CS5 installed. This script should work both on Windows and Mac version of the software. Adobe® Photoshop® versions earlier than CS2 will not be supported due to lack of scripting possibilities.
Yes, it is! Free as in beer and free as in speech :) This software uses GNU General Public License. But if you run a business or just like the script consider making a donation.
Installing the Golden Crop script is really simple. In fact, if you only want to give it a try, you do not have to install the script at all!
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS4\Presets\Scripts\
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS4 (64 Bit)\Presets\Scripts\
C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS4\Presets\Scripts\
/Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS4/Presets/Scripts/
Caution: if there is a file named ‘goldenCrop’ (or ‘goldenCrop.jsx’) in the folder, where the ‘Golden Crop.jsx’ file was copied, you should delete the file ‘goldenCrop’ (or ‘goldenCrop.jsx’) because it is an older version of the Golden Crop script.You can also simply "enter" into the archive and drag the file to desired location.
To uninstall the script, simply delete 'Golden Crop.jsx' file, from Photoshop® scripts folder. See previous point for location of the script folder on your system.
It can crop photo and reveal additional canvas. Interactive part of the script is based on 'Free Transform' mode. It works exactly the same, as free-transforming a layer. Position cropping frame according to guidelines and your taste and pres Enter. If you want to cancel -- press Esc.
After accepting cropping frame you some dialog may pop up, according to your selection. There are several situations.
If there is no cropping (only extending canvas), no dialog would be displayed and the script would automatically:
If it is necessary to both crop and reveal image in order to match selected crop, the following actions occurs:
Sample image after 'crop and reveal':
The 'select cropping method' dialog is displayed. You can now select cropping method or cancel cropping leaving repositioned cropping mask layers.
Method 1: 'simple crop' Simply crops the image according to cropping mask and deletes all guidelines. You can use Undo [Ctrl+Z] to retrieve this guidelines.
Method 2: 'cropping mask' The image is not cropped. The opacity of cropping mask is raised to 100% and guidelines group is render invisible.
Method 3: 'cancel cropping' The image is not cropped. Neither opacity nor visibility of layers created by Golden Crop is changed. If you want to delete all layers created by the script, just hit [Del].
After selecting one of above options, script performs its operations and the control returns to the user.
The Golden Crop script is currently in beta stage. There is no easy way to configure the script. If you are a power user, try editing the script file with notepad and changing configuration values placed at the beginning of the file.
On behalf of me and all users, I would like to deeply thank all people who contributed to the development of the Golden Crop script. Without their care and consideration, this script would likely not have matured. Especially big thanks goes to:
Damian Sepczuk is the founder and the main developer of the Golden Crop project. If you want to contact the author, drop him a line at goldencrop[at]o2[D()t]deleteme[d0t]pl
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