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Crop presets and overlays

From: Lightroom 3 New Features

Video: Crop presets and overlays

As a photographer, it's critical to learn how to crop and compose and frame your photographs. Therefore, it makes sense to learn how to crop with the Crop tool inside of Lightroom 3. We'll be working with these images you can find in the lynda folder and with this first image, it's in the Grid View mode, so the image is really small. If I want to see this image bigger, I need to go to the good old Loupe View mode. Now there's another way that you can navigate to the Loupe View that we haven't talked about, and it's by pressing the Spacebar key. It's a great way to just jump to this nice view.

Crop presets and overlays

As a photographer, it's critical to learn how to crop and compose and frame your photographs. Therefore, it makes sense to learn how to crop with the Crop tool inside of Lightroom 3. We'll be working with these images you can find in the lynda folder and with this first image, it's in the Grid View mode, so the image is really small. If I want to see this image bigger, I need to go to the good old Loupe View mode. Now there's another way that you can navigate to the Loupe View that we haven't talked about, and it's by pressing the Spacebar key. It's a great way to just jump to this nice view.

Next, I'll press the arrow keys and that will take me through my different images and then I need to find an image that I want to work on. And let's say I want to work on this first image here. If I want to crop this image inside of the Library module, I'll navigate up to this panel Quick Develop, open that up, and by default this Saved Preset option will be closed. So what I need to do is go ahead and open that up, and then I have some crop ratios. Now I'm going to go ahead and click on that option, and you can see I have some new crop ratios inside of Lightroom 3.

What they've done is they've grouped these together, as well as given us some crop ratios that make a little bit more sense based on the type of printing we may be doing or the sizing that we need to do. So I'm going to go ahead and choose 1x1. Now, when I do that, I really don't have any control how that crop actually took place. Now it doesn't look bad. It looks pretty good, and I have a little bit more control. We'll press the R key. This will take us to the Crop tool inside of the Develop module and here what we can do is actually reposition the crop or change the crop, and I'll go ahead and bring this in.

To apply the crop, double-click within the crop area or press Enter or Return. Now if you don't like the crop, like you know what, I just want to reset the crop. I don't want to reset the whole image. I just want to reset the crop. What we need to do is press the shortcut, and the shortcut on a Mac is Command+Option+R. If you're on a PC that's Ctrl+Alt+R. So go ahead and press that shortcut key and then that will reset the crop. Now if we want to reenter the Crop tool, we can always click on the icon here in the tool strip, or we can press the R key.

Now that I'm back into this Crop tool, I'm going to go to my aspect ratio. Again, I want to choose that 1x1 just for fun to do something a little different, and I'll go ahead and reposition this and maybe rotate a bit. One of the things that you notice here is that I have this nice overlay. Now I can go through these different Overlay modes by pressing the O key. So I'll press the O key a few times, and you can see that I have a couple of different options. Now currently some of these options are better than others, and some of them you may notice that this particular one has the orientation down towards the bottom.

If I ever need to shift that around, we'll just press Shift+O, and it will go through some of the other options that you have there. Well, the nice thing about this overlay is that it can teach you a lot about composition. Photographers always say "you should crop on camera!" Yeah, I agree with that. Yet there's times when you can't do that and you have to step back, like I needed to do here, because I was using a 50mm lens, but I had a vision for a tighter crop and I need to do that in a Lightroom. And this grid really helps me out. Yet there's a problem with the grid and here's the deal. The user isn't ever going to see the grid.

And so at some point we need to evaluate this crop without that grid overlay on top the image. So there's a great shortcut that you can use. It's the H key. Think of H, like in hide. So if I press the H key I can toggle that crop overlay on and off. And actually what it's doing is it's going to these different tool overlay modes you can see down here. It's going between Always and Never. Now, while those options are kind of nice, my preferred method is to actually use Auto. Now what Auto does is it turns the visibility of the grid off and then it will bring it back if you click on the image or if you grab one of the corner points to reposition that, and so that you can see that grid overlay.

You can make an evaluation based on that let go, and now that's gone. To apply this crop, we'll go ahead and double-click or press Enter or Return. Now let's say that we want to apply this particular crop ratio to another image. All that we need to do is to select another image and then use this really interesting shortcut. The shortcut is Shift+A and what Shift+A does for me is it remembers the last aspect ratio that I used. It brings that up and also it's going to keep in mind whatever tool overlay I used last, and then from here I can go ahead and perhaps make this a little bit tighter and then bring this in.

Now just to illustrate this a little bit further, one of the things that you can do is you can unlock your aspect ratio. You can do that by pressing the A key, notice that toggles the lock on and off, or you can simply click on that little lock Icon there. Now when I do that I can make a free- form crop here. Again, it doesn't have a particular aspect ratio, but just something I'm arbitrarily deciding. and then I'll go ahead and double-click to apply that crop. Now when I go to the next image, if I press Shift+A at this point, again, it's going to pick that aspect ratio, even though it was that free-form ratio.

And you'll notice that it's not going to give me that same size, but if I wanted to lock this down now, I like this ratio, we'll go ahead lock it, and then I'll reposition the crop to get a little bit of a tighter view of this image, grab something a little different, and then go ahead and double-click to apply that. So again, now these two images have the same exact aspect ratio. All right. Well, that wraps up our look at how we can use a Crop tool inside of Lightroom 3.

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Lightroom 3 New Features

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  1. 14m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 26s
    2. Comparing Lightroom 2 with Lightroom 3
      12m 27s
    3. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 20m 32s
    1. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 54s
    2. Importing photos and movies from a CF card
      6m 31s
    3. Adding and importing photos from a folder
      3m 51s
    4. Synchronizing and finding missing photos
      4m 16s
  3. 34m 46s
    1. Filtering photos
      4m 0s
    2. Working with collections
      5m 1s
    3. Modifying image and thumbnail overlays
      3m 17s
    4. Crop presets and overlays
      5m 43s
    5. Using Auto Sync
      5m 33s
    6. Working with movies
      7m 13s
    7. Using Smart Collections for video files
      2m 10s
    8. Focal length filtering and Smart Collections
      1m 49s
  4. 19m 10s
    1. Setting up Flickr publishing services
      3m 47s
    2. Uploading photos to Flickr
      3m 4s
    3. Publishing to a Flickr Photoset
      3m 56s
    4. Publishing to a folder
      5m 11s
    5. Publishing to a Smart Folder or Smart Photoset
      3m 12s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. How sharpening works in Lightroom 3
      4m 48s
    2. Introducing noise reduction
      4m 45s
    3. Applying sharpening and noise reduction
      8m 23s
    4. Adding a grain effect
      4m 31s
    5. Using the Collections panel
      5m 42s
    6. The Adjustment Brush
      5m 48s
    7. The Graduated filter
      2m 10s
    8. Adding a vignette
      5m 45s
    9. Improvements to the Crop tool
      1m 59s
    10. Quickly changing crop orientation
      1m 40s
    11. Understanding the Point Tone Curve
      3m 10s
    12. Improving images with the Point Tone Curve
      4m 2s
    13. Using the Lens Correction controls
      5m 46s
    14. Enhancing images with Lens Correction
      3m 6s
  6. 5m 16s
    1. Adding audio to a slideshow
      5m 16s
  7. 11m 13s
    1. Introducing the custom print package
      3m 42s
    2. Working with the custom print package
      7m 31s
  8. 8m 46s
    1. Introducing tethered shooting
      2m 12s
    2. Working with tethered shooting
      6m 34s
  9. 7m 41s
    1. Optimizing and backing up a catalog
      2m 49s
    2. Upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs
      2m 13s
    3. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      2m 39s
  10. 27m 21s
    1. New presets in the Develop, Web, and Print modules
      3m 26s
    2. Importing and working with CMYK images
      5m 55s
    3. Bonus workflow tips
      4m 51s
    4. Adding watermarks in the Print, Slideshow, and Web modules
      1m 20s
    5. Making creative watermarks
      3m 20s
    6. IPTC Extension metadata
      1m 16s
    7. Exporting by file size and with watermarks
      1m 51s
    8. Exporting collections
      3m 22s
    9. Ejecting an external hard drive
      2m 0s
  11. 1m 44s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 15s
    2. What's next
      29s

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