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In the next few movies, you're going to learn everything that you need to know in regards to using shortcuts when you're interested in cropping or recomposing your photographs. For starters, let's press the R in order to access the Crop tool. First, I want to take a look at how we can lock down the aspect ratio. If you press the A key, you notice that that either unlocks or locks the aspect ratio. With it locked, if we click and drag on one of these corner points, we can then create a crop which matches the original file's aspect ratio.
Press the A key again to unlock, and here we can create an aspect ratio which is a bit more of a free-form crop. Next, let's go ahead and press Enter or Return in order to apply the crop, or double-click inside of the crop area, or click on the Done button. What I like to do is to simply double- click inside of the crop area in order to apply that crop. Well, let's say that we've decided that we want to reset the crop. We want to remove it completely. To do that, press Command+Option, then the R key on a Mac, or press Control+Alt+R key on Windows.
Next, let's look at how we could use a Crop tool in order to straighten our images, whether vertically or horizontally. So here, press the R key to access the Crop tool. Notice in the Crop panel that we also have an Angle tool. Well, you can access that temporarily by pressing Command on a Mac, or Control on Windows, and then hovering over the crop area. Next, you can click and drag along something that should be straight. In this case, I know that this wall here should be straight, and you can click and drag across vertical or horizontal items in your photograph.
Next, let's double-click in order to apply that crop. Just to show you one more example with this, let's click on the next image here. Press the R key to access the Crop tool, hold down Command on a Mac, Control on Windows, and then click and drag across something that should be level, in this case, something which is horizontal, and then double-click in the crop area in order to apply the correction.
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