Lightroom: How do I display more than a simple grid for crop? (golden ratio, rule of thirds, etc)

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Besides the simple grid displaying gridlines for golden ratio, rule of thirds etc. would be a great improvement (e.g. see the freeware tool digikam where it is perfectly implemented).
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Press the O key (not the zero key) whilst the crop overlay is active and you will cycle through a variety of different overlays including thirds and golden spiral.
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Kilian Wasmer

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Going to buy a handbook... Thanks a lot.
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Jinn Leong

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Wow, didn't know this. THANKS! This would save me lotsa time!
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TK

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Shift-O will cycle through symmetrical variants of the various cropping aids.
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Heinrich Helmbold

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Is there a way to create your own crop overlays? The general rules are great, but having something like a placeholder silhouette will be of great help cropping photos that will be used for school packages for example where the school logo will be on the photo.

Creating custom crop overlays will be awesome!
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No, there isn't Heinrich, but if you look under the View menu in Library, you'll find a layout overlay designed primarily for tethered shooting. You'd need to switch back to Library to fire the photo with your custom overlay, but it might be a stopgap in the meantime, depending on your requirements.
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It would be very nice to create our own crop overlays.  I know in Lightroom ccClassic
you can have an image overlay, can you just create an overlay in jpeg and use it as an image overlay?
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Olin, 

You can create overlays in Loupe using PNG files to help guide you but they disappear in the Crop tool. See https://fleetingglimpseimages.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/wallet-size-and-the-double-crop-conundrum/ for an example.