Golden Ratio v.1.1 Beta


What's the purpose of this software?It contains two different tools on a translucent window, which stays on top of any other window. 1. Stencil tool It is used to create template patterns useful in conjunction with any painting, photo manipulation or design software. The stencils help you create image compositions according to the "golden section" rule or some other ratios. 2. Measure tool It is used to define two lines on the screen. The lengths as well as the angle and the ratio of the two lines are displayed.Multiple copies of each tool can be used at the same time.Here are some application examples.Stencil toolWith the stencil tool you can place a frame on the screen. This frame is divided into sections by means of a pattern of lines. Several different patterns are available for dividing the frame with different proportions (the golden section for instance).The aspect ratio of the frame can easily be set to a special value by holding down the shift key while moving one of the borders with the mouse. The special aspect ratio is displayed next to the mouse. Several special aspect ratios are available: common photo, movie and paper formats as well as whole numbers and - of course - the golden section.The frame can be rotated.Aspect ratio, size, position and rotation angle are displayed on the main window.Cutting photographsThe following example shows how to cut a photo in a way, the content is arranged according to the golden section ratio.Golden Ratio is used with Photo-Paint here.The translucent worksheet window (on the left) and the main window (on the right) are on top of the Photo-Paint window. Golden Ratio is in "Edit" mode (orange button is down) here. This means that the stencil can be moved, resized and rotated on the worksheet window of Golden Ratio by means of the resizing grips. In this example the stencil has a width to height ratio of 4 to 3, which is a usual aspect ratio of digital photographs. The stencil consists of a border and two pairs of vertical and horizontal lines dividing it by the golden section. It is positioned over the photo so the horizon is at one of the horizontal lines, and the person is at the intersection of two lines.Now the "Template" mode is active (green button is down). This means that the worksheet window is transparent and has no border, and the stencil has no resizing grips any more. The most important fact is that the worksheet window does not receive mouse clicks any more. As a consequence, the Photo-Paint window below it can be used the normal way. There's just the stencil as an overlay. Finally the cutting tool of Photo-Paint can be applied to the area of the photo marked by the stencil.This is a very similar example with Gimp. Mind that you can use Golden Ratio in conjunction with any other software. It is not a plug-in, it is a completely independent program. The worksheet is simply a translucent window in front of the other program.

What's the purpose of this software?It ...

  • Golden Ratio
  • 1.1 Beta
  • Markus Welz
  • Win Vista, 2000, 2003, XP
  • Freeware
  • 2.7 Mb
  • 387
  • Free

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