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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.
With this photograph I want to briefly talk about how we can speed up our overall crop workflow by using a really interesting shortcut, which is new to Lightroom 3. Well, first let's activate our Crop tool. To do that, we will press R key. Now one of the things that we know here is we can simply grab one of these corner points, or we can grab the Crop tool and then click and drag across the image. Now when we click and drag the aspect ratio will be whatever it was defined over here in this panel, in this case it's locked the original aspect ratio.
So as I click and drag it's going to then create a crop with that original aspect ratio. Well, here I have what's called a vertical or a portrait orientation. Well at this juncture, let's say that we have decide that it might be interesting to see this crop in the horizontal or the landscape orientation. Well in order to do that really quickly all that we need to do is to press one shortcut key. Here it is. Press the X key. Think of X for exchange in order to alternate or flip between that horizontal and that vertical orientation.
Now once you choose the orientation that you want, you can go ahead and continue to work on the image by modifying the corner points or using your overall normal crop workflow and in this case I will just bring that crop area in and ten double-click to apply that. Now here we have something completely different, and we are able to accomplish this crop with a lot of flexibility and speed because of that new shortcut. So just to reiterate that one here's what you do. You press the R key to activate your Crop tool.
You then modify the crop and then if you want to alternate or change the orientation, press the X key, and in that way you can choose a different orientation really quickly.
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