Lightroom: grid overlay centre/horizon indicator

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Adding a visual indicator of the horizontal and vertical centre lines and centre point in the grid overlays would be useful, for both the Crop Overlay and the Transform tool overlay grids. Currently, none of the crop overlays include these.

At the moment I am trying to perform a finishing crop on a multi-image panorama, merged in perspective mode. To create a natural-looking panorama, I need to 1) visually identify the centre point of my first merged exposure—which becomes the basis for the panorama’s perspective—and 2) crop the panorama symmetrically around that centre point. An indicator of the grids’ centre points would make both of these operations easy, and without them, they are both hard.

I am sure that I have been frustrated with this while performing other tasks, too.

The lines could have a different weight or colour, but perhaps the simplest indicator could be a bullseye circle or diagonal corner-to-corner lines that met in the centre.

An alternative solution could be to allow me to create and import my own custom grids and Crop Overlays.

Thanks. 
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Michael Zajac

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Michael Zajac

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I found related posts:

https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/crop-overlay-grid-lines-differentiation-qmfcp...
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/lightroom-custom-crop-overlay

I have discovered the loupe overlay, which solves half of my problem. In the loupe view, see View > Loupe Overlay, and also hold down the command key (Mac) to change grid size, opacity, and move the cross-hair. Nice.

Still could use similar functionality in the crop overlay.
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Michael Zajac

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Okay, why didn’t I see this before?: 

The centre lines in the crop tool’s grid overlay are always the ones next to the horizontal and vertical resize handles. 

Yay!
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Simon Chen, Principal Computer Scientist

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While in the crop tool, you can press the keyboard shortcut 'o' to toggle among the various crop overlays. There is a dense grid overlay that should work for you to highlight the horizontal/vertical/center point.