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Quickly changing crop orientation

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Video: Quickly changing crop orientation

There is another great new feature with the Crop tool and it has to do with how we can quickly change the overall crop orientation. Let me explain. Well, for starters let's say that we decide to crop this image. So we press the R key to access the Crop tool. Then we now know that if we have a defined Aspect Ratio as we do here, we can simply click and drag across the image. This will then confine or limit the Aspect Ratio to whatever we've defined here, in this case, Original.

Quickly changing crop orientation

There is another great new feature with the Crop tool and it has to do with how we can quickly change the overall crop orientation. Let me explain. Well, for starters let's say that we decide to crop this image. So we press the R key to access the Crop tool. Then we now know that if we have a defined Aspect Ratio as we do here, we can simply click and drag across the image. This will then confine or limit the Aspect Ratio to whatever we've defined here, in this case, Original.

Next we can click to reposition the crop, and then double-click inside of that area to apply the crop. Here with this photograph let's say we kind of like this portrait orientation, but also it would be interesting to see how this would look in a landscape orientation. Well, to change this, all we need to do is to reactivate the Crop tool. We can do so by pressing the R key. The next step is going to be to press the X key and with the crop active, you can press the X key and it will flip the orientation of the crop.

What's interesting about this is let's say, for example, we have this extended really far here. So you can see that it's much taller than it's possible to be wide. Well, if I press the X key, it's going to extend that as far as it can based on the image. Next what we can do is simply reposition or we can change the crop and we can do all the things that we like to do with cropping. Perhaps change the overall perspective there by tilting it a bit, and then press Enter or Return, and we have a completely different image. So the new feature here just to reiterate is the ability to change the crop orientation really quickly simply by pressing the X key.

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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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