DARE Software
GoldenMeanGrid

Ideas for using the GoldenMeanGrid

- For mathematics teachers. Use it to help students gain an understanding of the geometric and algebraic meaning of the golden mean ratio (and the Fibonacci sequence).

- For art teachers. Superimpose it over reproductions of historical paintings and architectural photos during discussions of proportion.

- For amateur photographers. This application is just a fun tool for analysing photos, but you could test whether using the golden mean helps with cropping. You might find it frustrating to use at first because clicking on the photo you are studying will immediately hide the grid. If you first superimpose the grid, then make a screen shot of the part you are interested in, and then crop, things may be easier.

- For sketchers. You could photograph your completed sketch, then use the grid onscreen over the photo to analyse your sketch. Of course if you are drawing onscreen you will not need the photograph.

- When designing a small layout on paper you could follow these steps. 1. Adjust the grid to the proportions of your layout (use File..Show pixel info when doing this). 2. Choose File...Capture transparent grid to make a png file of the grid (see the Help menu). 3. Resize the grid in Preview (Leopard) to the size of your layout and resave as a png file. 4. Print the grid, preferably on transparent media. 5. As you draw your layout, use the grid to check the placement of important features.

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