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Here, we are going to look at two more shortcuts that we can use when working with the Crop tool. In particular, we'll look at how we can crop from the center of the image. We'll also look at how we can switch our Crop Orientation from Portrait to Landscape, or from vertical to horizontal. Let's go ahead and access the Crop tool by pressing the R key. Next, if we want to crop from the center of our image, what you can do is hold down the Option key on a Mac, or Alt key on Windows, and then just click and drag. By doing that, you can see that this crop area is anchored off of the center of where I clicked.
Now, if we don't like the crop, we can go ahead and press the Escape key to exit out of that. Press the R key again to access the Crop tool. Again, if you want to choose that starting point, just hold down the Option key on a Mac, or Alt key on Windows, and then click and drag from that point, and here you can see I can create this crop. Well, next let's say that we want to change the Crop Orientation. Rather than keeping this vertical, or portrait, we want to make it horizontal, or landscape. To do that, it's as simple as pressing the X key.
Here you can see, when we press the X key, we can toggle back and forth between these different orientations. Next we could go ahead and drag these points around in order to crop or recompose our photograph in a way that fits what we are trying to accomplish here, and so I will go ahead and do that just a little bit. Then double click in order to apply that crop to our photograph.
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