GOLDEN RATIO CALCULATOR

Find The Golden Ratio In Your Art For A Better Composition

Plan Your Painting Composition With This Simple Golden Ratio Calculator

Map out an interesting location to place the focal point of your painting. Use the canvas ratio calculator below:

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


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


Once you've measured the width of your canvas and have the golden ratio from the golden ratio generator above, measure that distance from one side of your canvas. Draw a line dividing the width of your canvas into a 1 to 1.618 ratio. See the image above as an example.

A ratio of 1 : 1.618 is referred to as the Golden Ratio. One side of the line represent 1. The area on other side of the line should 161.8% larger than the opposite side.

Repeat this process. Make a second line the same distance from the other side.

Now use the golden ratio you got from the height of your canvas. Make a horizontal line this distance from the top. Make a second line the same distance from the bottom of your canvas.

You should end up with 4 intersecting lines.

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

Author: Sonia Reeder-Jones

Photo of ruler on painting measuring golden ratio