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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
Here we have a photograph that I captured at a friend's wedding, and I climbed up in a tree, and I was looking down at the bridal party. Why I liked this photograph, there is a little bit too much open space. So I want to create a crop that's much more tight. So I am going to go ahead and press the R key in order to access the Crop tool. Now here what I'm interested in doing is I want to change the aspect ratio. You can change this by clicking on this particular icon and choosing a new aspect ratio, let's say like one-to-one. Well, now that I do that I realize that it would be really nice to rotate this.
As I click and drag to rotate, I can only rotate so far. In other words, if I want to have this particular person, the bride here on the left side of the frame, I want her straight, I can't really do that. So here is what I am going to do. I am going to press the Escape key to exit out of the crop. Next I am going to rotate the image. You can rotate your images by pressing one of the bracket keys. On a Mac, Command+Right Bracket will rotate to the right. On a PC Ctrl+Right Bracket will rotate to the right.
Well now that I have done this I am going to then reactivate the crop. Press the R key to access the Crop tool. We know the aspect ratio, that one-to- one, and here what we can do is we can change the size of this and get really close, and even as needed we can rotate the image. So what I am trying to illustrate here is that there are times when you may be trying to rotate or swing an image one way or another, and if you can't just go far enough all that you need to do is first rotate the actual file, then apply the crop, double-click, and you have a much different image that you really couldn't have created any other way.
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