Lightroom: want easier way to use perspective correction near middle of an image

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It's a long story and I hope I can share it in English. When I use Lightroom as an architectural photographer I use the lens correction tool a lot, specially the one to correct the perspective. What I don't understand is that there are no marks in the middle of the grid when I use this tool??? This mark is visible when I use the crop tool, but not when I use the perspective slides. It must be easy to make and will be very handy.. I just saw it isn't in LR5 :-(( while I have told this problem to dutch Adobe guys three times already.... Come on it's easy to fit in and would make LR even better then it is!!
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Son Nguyen

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I'm not sure if it is what you look for but there is already Grid overlay and guide overlay in Lightroom 5.
Here is a post from Julieanne Kost blog:
"rid overlays aren’t limited to cropping anymore! In the Lightroom 5 beta, you can choose to display a grid in the Library (while in Loupe view), the Develop module and during Tethered Capture by selecting View > Loupe Overlay > Grid. Note: by default the Grid menu option displays a dash (not a check) before its name because the overlay is not visible by default. To toggle the display of the overlay, select Grid from the menu (or use Command + Option + O (Mac) | Control + Alt + O (Win).

While the grid is visible, Command (Mac) | Control (Win) displays options for Size and Opacity. Click-drag left/right on Size to decrease/increase the grid size. Likewise, Click -drag left/right on Opacity to decrease/increase the grid opacity."
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Hi Son,
thank you for your response and the things you're talking about are handy tools, but not what I mean.. Have a look at the image here.. I made it while using the crop tool and notice the small thick line abovethe upper line just to mark the middle! That's the mark I need all the time when I make perspective corrections. It must be very easy to make and when you can add it to the new Grids also it will be agreat improvement!!!

Can you do that or do you know someone programming LR??
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Is there somebody working for Adobe on Lightroom who is getting notice of this? Or am I just writing this for nobody?
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Simon Chen, Principal Computer Scientist

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In addition to the grid overlay that Son suggested, LR5 also support guide. Go to View > Loupe Overlay > Guide. You can reposition the guide by pressing the CMC/Ctrl key and drag the vertical/horizontal guide around.
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You could even create your own custom layout image for the overlay. You can essentially create an arbitrary transparent PNG (with the ticks that you wanted in Adobe Illustrator probably), assuming it has the same image aspect ratio as your original (does not have to be the same size) and load it using View > Loupe Overlay > Choose Layout Image... (you can keep any number of those to match your original aspect ratio) and turn on View > Loupe Overlay > Layout Image.
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This is very useful for tethering using Lightroom doing things like passport/portrait photos. One can load an outline of a silhouette to position the head exactly.
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Hi Simon,

thanks for your reply. I've found out that the Loupe Overlay> Guide will work with me, though it took me some time to learn that I have to double click to reposition the guide back to the middle - and that's where I need them. It will work for me, though I prefer the solution I've added before, simple because then the middle will be always there as soon as I want to do perspective controls..