GOLDEN RATIO CALCULATOR

Find The Golden Ratio In Your Art For A Better Composition

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Plan Your Painting Composition Using The Golden Ratio

Map out an interesting location to place the focal point of your painting.

Measure The Width Of Your Canvas, Paper Or Painting Panel
illustration showing measuring the width of painting canvas
Measure The Height Of Your Canvas, Paper Or Painting Panel
illustration showing measuring the height of painting canvas

Make a vertical line _____ from either side of your canvas.

Make a horizontal line ______ from top or bottom edge of your canvas.

These lines divide your canvas into a 1 : 1.618 ratio which is referred to as the Golden Ratio. One side of the line represent 1. The area on other side of the line should equal 1.618 or 161.8% of the opposite side.

Image showing canvas divided at a 1 to 1.618 ratio
Mapping the focal point where horizontal and vertical lines intersect.


Consider placing the focal point of your composition near the point where the horizontal line and vertical line intersect.

Author: Sonia Reeder-Jones