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I use my iPhone to take a photo, then overlay a grid to use as a guide to a chalk drawing of the photo. This process can be done on a computer, for example using photoshop, however, being able to use the iPhone potentially saves extra steps, time and is more portable.

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The following steps describe the process I have experimented with to create grid overlays on the iPhone, which are printed to our hp color printer using an app for wireless printing.

On the iPhone open your Settings app Select Bluetooth from the settings options. From the Bluetooth settings select the ‘i’ symbol next to your connected device, for example, ‘Grid Pad’ (the device name can differ depending on the model of grid pad you have). Watch more iPhone Tips & Tricks videos: Lisa here. And I'm going to show you h.

1. Take a Photo

This photo of a guitar player was taken at a local cafe one Saturday afternoon. Obviously, composition and lighting are important, but I didn’t feel I could ask him to move his speakers and chairs around to accomodate my artistic needs!


2. Open iPhone App to Edit Photo

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There are several iPhone apps that allow you to overlay one image (e.g., a grid) on another image or photo.

The program I currently use is Sketchbook Mobile Express, made by Autodesk. They offer a free version with up to 3 layers.

3. Add a Grid Layer

Touching the small, round tool icon at the bottom of the SketchBook Mobile window brings up a set of icons. Touching the Layers Editor icon (about “7 o’clock”) brings up a screen where “+” creates a new layer.

Then, touching the icon to the right of the “+” allows you to select an image (in this case, a grid) from your photo library. I created a grid by using Photoshop Elements to draw the grid pattern, added the image to iPhoto, then synched to my iPhone. You can also email the grid file to your iPhone then save to a photo album.

You can create your own grid with Adobe Elements (or a similar program), or download a copy of the grid I am using (right-click on grid image to the left). I used Elements, and “Saved for Web” as a GIF with transparency.

You can also draw a grid by hand and take a photo of it, however, you will need to reduce its opacity (within the iPhone app) so the image layer shows through.

The image to the right shows the photo with the grid overlay. If you have an HP wireless printer and HP printing app, you can print the image directly from your iPhone (however, the app only seems to print in a reduced size). Or, email the photo to a computer for printing full-size to use as a guide for drawing. It may be helpful to also print a version of the photo without the lines, as sometimes the lines may obscure important details.

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Lacking a printer, you can always just use the iPhone image as a guide.

4. Draw a Grid on your Paper or Canvas

Use a ruler and pencil (or chalk line, if working on a chalk street painting) to lay out a grid that corresponds to the grid overlayed on your photo. In the example, I only drew the major lines, to produce a 4 x 6 grid.

You can also draw the sub-lines if you are working with a detailed image, however, it is more work to add and subsequently erase the extra lines. Working with fewer lines requires that you pay more attention to the spaces and relationships between lines, so you are less likely to get too involved in a technical tracing exercise.

You will have to scale the distance between the lines depending on the size of your canvas. For example, because my pad of paper was 11 inches wide, I measured a distance of 2.5 inches between each of the four vertical lines to span 10 inches, compared to the 8 inch width of the printed image. Similarly, the six horizontal lines were measured 2.5 inches apart, so they extended the length of the 15 inch tall paper. Keep the distances between all lines the same, or the proportions will be distorted.

If you are working on a chalk street painting, you may be measuring a distance of 12 inches or more between the lines.

5. Sketch Image

Using the photo with the grid overlay as a guide, sketch the image onto the matching gridlines on your paper or canvas. The major and minor lines help you to check that your sketch matches the proportions of the original photo. Your lines should cross in the locations on the gridlines as the corresponding lines on the original photo.

After you are satisfied with the drawing, erase the gridlines.

6. Complete Your Art

Using pastel chalk over the sketch, I find that starting with very light layers helps to retain the sketch as a guide for a longer period. Once I am happy with the shapes and shading, then I feel more comfortable adding layers that eventually obscure the original sketch.

Good luck!

The great camera on the iPhone means you can easily take good pictures, but by turning on the camera grid you can use the rule of thirds to take great pictures every time!

A quick summary of the rule of thirds:

The guideline proposes that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections.
Source: Wikipedia

It sounds simple enough — and it is as long as you have the lines. Thankfully, enabling this is an easy task on your iPhone.

In Settings, tap Camera, and then enable the Grid option. That’s all you have to do to turn the feature on! Your next step is to apply the concept: remember to put important things along the lines.

Here’s a simple example taken from a plane window:

These two examples show how you can use just the horizontal line to improve a photo. The first draws your attention to the sky by having that be the two thirds at the top, whereas the second draws your eye to the clouds.

This image is of one of the old fashioned trams in Vienna, where I’ve lined up the tram across the bottom and right-most third lines.

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