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Decimal Conversion for Art Majors: Using Decimal X and Y Coordinates for Increased Accuracy

The key to accuracy in your design layouts is to place items with mathmatical accuracy by their X and Y coordinate numbers. Most people find it easier to think in simple fractions but you also need to be able to also quickly convert those fractions to decimal numbers. This might sound difficult to many designers since many of us did not excel in math in school. After all, that's why we're artists.

Doing the Math: Nothing Scarey

It really isn't so hard. It is only elementary school level math. You will find that you pick it up quickly once you begin to notice the correlation between the ruler increments and the numbers which constantly are showing up over and over again.

To make your life just a bit easier, we have provided a useful chart to convert most common fractions to decimal numbers. This should cover just about anything that you need to know. You don't need to memorize anything, just print out a copy of this page and keep it close by. 

 

11/64    =  .015625  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
17/64    =    .265625  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
33/64    =    .515625  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
49/64    =    .765625
1/32    =    .03125 9/32    =    .28125 17/32    =    .53125 25/32    =    .78125
3/64    =    .046875 19/64    =    .296875 35/64    =    .546875 51/64    =    .796875
1/16    =    .0625 5/16     =     .3125 9/16    =     .5625 13/16    =    .8125
5/64    =    .078125 21/64    =    .328125 37/64    =    .578125 53/64    =    .828125
3/32    =    .09375 11/32    =    .34375 19/32    =    .59375 27/32    =    .84375
7/64    =    .109375 23/64    =    .359375 39/64    =    .609375 55/64    =    .859375
1/8    =     .125 3/8    =    .375 5/8    =    .625 7/8    =    .875
9/64    =    .140625 25/64    =    .390625 41/64    =    .640625 57/64    =    .890625
5/32    =    .15625 13/32    =    .40625 21/32    =    .65625 29/32    =    .90625
11/64    =    .171875 27/64    =    .421875 43/64    =    .671875 59/64    =    .921875
3/16    =     .1875 7/16    =     .4375 11/16    =    .6875 15/16    =    .9375
13/64    =    .203125 29/64    =    .453125 45/64    =    .703125 61/64    =    .953125
7/32    =    .21875 15/32    =    .46875 23/32    =    .71875 31/32    =    .96875
15/64    =    .234375 31/64    =    .484375 47/64    =    .734375 63/64    =    .984375
1/4    =     .25 1/2    =    .50 3/4   =    .75 1   =    1

Decimal Conversion Chart