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The "Golden Ratio" is a design concept that supposedly has a very long history, and it's speculated it was used in many things ranging from Roman architecture to the Mona Lisa. It's also commonly used among designers these days as well. Creative Bloq had an interesting article that goes into more detail about it, it's history and how to use it in your existing designs. 




While the article walks you through how to create a "golden ratio" template in Illustrator, they didn't mention that Photoshop actually has this already built into it. Newer versions of Photoshop (I believe CS6 and CC) have it tucked away within the newer Crop tool. Look at the toolbar up top, and you will find a drop down that has the Golden Ratio listed in it. Alternately you can hit the "O" key on your keyboard to toggle through all the cropping templates, and "Shift+O" to change the orientation of some of them.

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