Applying grid Dimensions to a canvas or wall using the Data Window
PhiMatrix can be used for design and composition of non-digital projects,
such as a paint canvas or wall, using the Data Window feature.
Select the appropriate grid, number of grid lines, axis orientation and other
settings as needed for your project.
Open the Data Window by clicking on the XY icon on the top row or selecting
File – Data Window from the menu options.
Click on the Data Window radio button option that says “User Project
Type the height and width in inches, feet or meters into the two boxes
provided and read the resulting dimensions in the same unit of measure for each
grid line that appears in the Y-Height and X-Width boxes, using 20” x 30” in
Note in the example above that the dimensions of the grid itself can be
completely unrelated to the physical dimensions of your project. The Data
Window will still convert to your actual project size based on the dimensions
you enter as the User Project Dimensions.
If your image on the screen has an identical height to width ratio as the one
you’re doing in inches, a better alternative yet is to set the dimensions of the
PhiMatrix grid to equal or mimic those of your actual project. If your
project is 20” x 30” then set PhiMatrix for 200 x 300 pixels rather than 20 x 30
pixels to make it easy to read on the screen and divide the
data points on the grid by 10 to get the results in inches.
||If you have a PC projector, the process is simpler yet. Just put
a brightly colored PhiMatrix grid on a black background on your PC and
then project the image onto your canvas or wall. You'll be able to
adjust the grid on the PC screen exactly to the dimensions of the canvas
or wall just as thought they were being projected by a laser.