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The Cropping tool is one of the things that I used to do in the early days of Aperture to demonstrate that Aperture was a nondestructive Image Editor, because when you do Crop, in other words, when you select an area out of your image and hang onto it, it doesn't throw away the rest of the image. So, it's always sort of a dramatic kind of demonstration. And to show you what I mean by that, this image has been cropped here, this image of Bonnie. And our Cropping tool is right here, and it's also just the C key.
Look what happens when I click on that. Now I cropped this image long time ago. There is the area that I Cropped, and then, of course, here's the rest of the information. But it hasn't been thrown away. It's still there. So, if I wanted to change my mind later on, I can always do that. I can always recrop. So, now that you have seen that, let's go to full-screen mode, and let's play with this tool a little bit. So, I am just going to go full- screen mode. I hit the F key to do that. And then I'm going to bring up the heads-up display, because we already have Crop Enabled.
By the way, when you're in full-screen mode, if you just bring your mouse up here, the Cropping tool is up here, but I have to tell you, this is one of those tools, if you just remember C. So, I just hit the C key to bring up the Cropping tool. And when you do that, you get this other little heads up display, here. And you have some choices. You have Do Not Constrain. You have the Master Aspect Ratio, the Display Aspect Ratio, and then some Preset sizes here. Now why do they do that? Well, I'll tell you the main reason why they do that.
Because one of the complaints that people have when they send their photos out to be printed, they'll maybe Crop their image, and they'll do something like that. Go ahead, and just hit Return here, and so you have that. And then you send this picture off to Costco or somewhere to be printed, on 4x6 paper. And it comes back, and it doesn't fit right on the paper. So, Costco has done something with it, like that, and they go, "Well, those guys do a terrible job of printing." Well, I have to tell you, it's not really Costco's fault here.
And that's why we have this Constrain. I am going to hit the C key again to bring us back to Crop. So, for instance, if I knew I was going to send my image out to get 4x6 prints, then when I Crop the image, I would choose the 4x6 Constraint. Now what that does is that when I move this, it stays proportional to 4x6 paper. That way I can make the decision that I want to make this Cropping. So, we will just set it up something like that. And I'll hit the Return key, and we're cropped, and then I know that when I get this print back from Costco, it will fit perfectly on the paper.
And it will look exactly the way it looks here on my screen. And that's why Apple has included that Constrain function. I hit the 'C' key again to bring us back to Crop. Now your Master Aspect Ratio, that's which your camera captured it at. So, for instance, if you are shooting with a micro 4.3rds camera, that will be 4x3. If you're shooting with a digital SLR, like a Canon or Nikon, so it will probably be more like 2x3, whatever that Aspect Ratio is of your camera.
If you want to maintain that, then you can choose this, and a lot of times this will come up as the default when you are Cropping. And then, of course, you display, your monitor that you're looking at, that also has an Aspect Ratio. So, if you're cropping for a full-screen slideshow or something, you may want to choose that. Then you have all of these other Presets, for instance, 5x7, if you are going to do 5x7 print. And you can even do Custom, where you set the dimensions yourself, the proportions yourself. And if you want a flip them, you just do this little arrow here, sort of a little flippy arrow.
And, of course, you also get the resulting size after you do the Crops. For instance, if I allow more image area, then my Megapixel Size goes up. It's a bigger file. The one thing to remember that's most important is that no matter what you do in Aperture, after you hit the Return key and after you have Cropped your image, at any time you can go back and change your mind, just by choosing Crop again, up here at the top, or by hitting the 'C' key. And then you're right back to where we started working on this.
And you can have all sorts of fun and be as capricious as you want when choosing the dimensions for your photograph.
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