Golden triangle (composition)

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Example of Golden Triangle method on a painting. Compositional elements fall within the triangles

The golden triangle rule is a rule of thumb in visual composition for photographs or paintings, especially those which have elements that follow diagonal lines. The frame is divided into four triangles of two different sizes, done by drawing one diagonal from one corner to another, and then two lines from the other corners, touching the first at 90 degree angles. There are a couple ways this can be used:

1. Filling one of the triangles with the subject[1]

2. Placing the diagonal elements so that they run along two of the lines[2]

Use in software[edit]

Photoshop has an option putting guidelines for the golden triangle in the crop tool (in this case, it is simply called "triangle").[3] These guidelines can be flipped horizontally, by hitting shift-O or selecting "Cycle Overlay Orientation" from the overlay pull down menu.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Photography Composition the Golden Triangle Rule". Retrieved 2018-03-12.
  2. ^ "18 Composition Rules for Photos that Shine". Retrieved 2018-03-12.
  3. ^ "6 Little Known Things Photographers Can Learn from the Crop Tool". Retrieved 2018-03-12.