Unveiling the Golden Ratio in the Human face
PhiMatrix can identify Golden Ratios in the human face in several ways.
One way is to use the Face grid available from the View menu. Another way
is to use the basic Phi grid, which is presented below as a tutorial to
illustrate how to use various features of PhiMatrix. The
Levin Dental Grid reveals Golden Ratios in the teeth,
lips and smile.
Using the Face Grid
Below are illustrations of the application of the Face grid. For
the grid to work properly, facial photos must be taken at an angle directly
perpendicular to the subject to avoid distortions. Also, the upper and
lower teeth must be closed together to avoid elongation of the face and chin
First position the center dot directly between the eyes. Next, hold the
Control Key and stretch the grid with the mouse so that the pupil lines are
centered. Then hold the Control Key and stretch the grid so that the
bottom of the grid is positioned at the bottom of the chin.
The key facial lines marked are then the eyes, the line at the bottom of the
upper teeth, the width of a
full smile and the nostil line of the nose. There are of course differences by
person, but this gives a basic golden ratio dimensional layout of the face from
which comparisons can be made.
The facial grid above is based on basic golden ratio
proportions that are found in three variations of the PhiMatrix default phi grid:
|Width and position of eyes.
Horizontal Axis set to "Top" with 2 lines.
Vertical Axis set to "Left & Right" with 4 lines.
|Width of mouth.
Horizontal Axis set to "Top" with 2 lines.
Vertical Axis set to "Center" with 2 vertical lines.
|Width and position of full
Horizontal Axis set to "Bottom" with 4 lines.
Vertical Axis set to "None."
Using the Phi Grid - A Tutorial on Using the Features of the Control Window
This will introduce you to a variety of basic controls and settings
in PhiMatrix. Once you learn these you'll find it very easy to quickly
adjust the grid for a variety of creative or analytical needs.
Select the image to analyze - Open up
another browser window to display
can be accessed by clicking
You can also click download the image to your PC and display it within another
program if you prefer.
Launch PhiMatrix - Once you load PhiMatrix, it will be the top
application on your PC's screen and the image you want to analyze will be
showing through behind it.
Set the Aspect - Make sure that the Control Window is displaying the "Variable"
Set the Axis orientations - Set the H Axis to "Bottom"
and the V Axis to "Left."
Set the Grid Color - Select a grid color of your choice, using
aqua if you want to match the image below.
Set the Number of Grid Lines - Set the number of
horizontal and vertical Grid lines to 2 by clicking on the control for H Lines
and V Lines.
Set the Transparency - Click and drag the transparency
slider to about the 50% level to make more of the underlying photo show through.
Set the Border Size - Set the Border Size to 53 pixels.
Set the Border Type - Click on the Border Type drop
down box to select "Dark only."
Position the Grid with the
mouse - Click and drag on the top border of the grey application border until the left side
of the aqua grid is aligned with the woman's nose and the top of the grid is aligned
with the top of her head. Note that you can also click and drag on the
grid itself but the shaded border is thicker and easier to grab than the thin
lines of the grid.
Do fine repositioning of the grid with the keyboard -
Click on the "Keys" tab of the control window to activate keyboard control of
the grid. Use the shift key with the arrow cursor keys to move the grid
up, down, left or right until the top aligns with the top of the grid aligns
with woman's head and the left side of the grid touches the tip of her nose.
Resize the Grid - Click and drag the lower right side of the
application until the bottom of the grid is aligned with the bottom of the
woman's chin and the right side of the grid is aligned with the back of her
head. Her hair will make this difficult to know down to the pixel level,
but a final grid size of 227 by 240 in the height and width indicators is about
Do fine resizing of the grid with the control panel -
As an option, experiment with fine resizing by clicking on the H Width and V
Height controls on the Control Window. You can also do this in keyboard
mode by using the Control key with the arrow cursor keys to increase dimensions
and the Alt key with the cursor keys to decrease dimensions.
Note that PhiMatrix is already revealing the phi positioning of the woman's
nose and eyebrow vertically and her neckline and the center of her ear
Increase the number of Vertical Grid Lines - Click on the counter for
the V Lines, increasing it to 6.
The 3rd line reveals the phi position of the back of her eye.
The 4th line reveals the phi position of the front of her eye and back of her
The 5th line reveals the phi position of her forehead and chin.
The 6th line reveals the phi position of the front of her lips.
Increase the number of Horizontal Grid Lines - Click on the counter
for the H Lines, increasing it to 4.
The 3rd line reveals the phi position of her teeth.
The 4th line reveals the phi position of her lower lip.
Save the image - Click on the Camera icon to save your image and
select the .jpg option. Name the file phi-woman.jpg. Set the file
type to jpeg and click on the save button.
Your completed image should look like this: