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Rule of Thirds with Grille

v1.3 & next
Open myPoint panel or myPoint menu.
Set the number of bands in horizontal and vertical directions to 3.
Apply bands as described in Grille from bands section.

Grille from bands

v1.3 & next
Often the Grille should be constructed over an imaginary frame divided by few bands horizontally and vertically. To get the desired effect, please follow the steps below:
  • Open myPoint panel and select the Grid view.
  • Set the gauge thickness (in Grille section).
  • Set the number of horizontal and vertical bands (in Grille from bands section).
  • Memorize the Pin grille and the Apply bands hotkeys (in Hotkeys section).
  • Turn off the Pin mode: clear the checkbox or press ⌃⌥⌘ N.
  • Figure out the virtual frame.
  • Move the mouse to one of the frame's corners and pin the grille by hotkey: ⌃⌥⌘ N.
  • Move the mouse to the opposite frame's corner and press the Apply bands hotkey: ⌃⌥⌘ B.
  • If the offset from the mouse is not zero, then the grille will offset from the virtual frame too.
  • The Apply bands hotkey may be pressed multiple times until the right grille is constructed.
  • If the virtual frame is too small, the related aperture size will not be changed.
  • Set 0 as the number of horizontal or vertical bands to keep the current aperture width or height.
  • Utilize the crosshair or coordinates to target the opposite frame corner.
  • The number of bands can be set in myPoint menu too.

Aligning and sizing a group of identical objects

v1.1 & next
Please follow the steps below:
  • Adjust the aperture grille to match the objects' offset.
  • Turn off the Pin mode (default hotkey is ⌃⌥⌘ N).
  • Move the grille so that the line under the mouse stands before the first object.
  • Turn on the Pin mode.
  • Change the aperture grille size to fit the target size.
    Tip: You can change it via hotkeys or in myPoint panel.
If the objects are too close (1 to 10 pixels), then adjust the line thickness to the same size, so you can simultaneously align and resize objects.
Note: This know-how is vital when working with many objects on multi monitors with different dpi.

Grille measures

v1.1 & next
The grille is described with the following measures:
  • Gauge thickness: use the Gauge slider in myPoint panel.
  • Aperture width: use the Aperture H slider in myPoint panel.
  • Aperture height: use the Aperture V slider in myPoint panel.
  • Horizontal step = aperture width + gauge thickness
  • Vertical step = aperture height + gauge thickness

Change the aperture size with hotkeys

v1.1 & next
There are four hotkeys to change the aperture size. They increase or decrease aperture width and height. The change depends on the Precise mode and can be 1 or 10 pixels.
Tip: Use the hotkey to toggle the Precise mode (default combination is ⌃⌥⌘ Dot).

The Grille jump

v1.1 & next
When you need to check the alignment, size, or offset of an object, but the current grille position should be preserved, it's time for the grille jump:
  • While the grille is pinned, move the mouse pointer over the target point.
  • Press the hotkey to unpin the grille (default is ⌃⌥⌘ N).
  • The grille jumps to the new mouse position.
    (The grille will respect current offset settings)
  • Preview the alignment, size, or offset.
  • Press the hotkey to pin the grille (default is ⌃⌥⌘ N).
  • The grille jumps back to its old position.
Tip: Do not move the mouse until the second hotkey is pressed.
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