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Synchronizing crop settings

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 02 Enhancing Photos with the Develop Module

Video: Synchronizing crop settings

You can think of this movie as a little bit of a bonus movie, and all that I want to do her is share with you a couple of techniques, and sneak in a little shortcut that can be helpful for working with the Crop tool. I have this photograph of my daughter Sophie, and another one of my other daughter Annie, and this was the day that we adopted; that we brought home our little Golden Retriever puppy. One of the things that I want to do, is I want to crop these images in a way where the crop on both photographs is the same. Sometimes, when you have the same aspect ratio, it can kind of add some cohesion to two different pictures.

Synchronizing crop settings

You can think of this movie as a little bit of a bonus movie, and all that I want to do her is share with you a couple of techniques, and sneak in a little shortcut that can be helpful for working with the Crop tool. I have this photograph of my daughter Sophie, and another one of my other daughter Annie, and this was the day that we adopted; that we brought home our little Golden Retriever puppy. One of the things that I want to do, is I want to crop these images in a way where the crop on both photographs is the same. Sometimes, when you have the same aspect ratio, it can kind of add some cohesion to two different pictures.

Well what we're going to do is, in the Develop module, click on one photograph, hold down the Shift key, click on another, and make sure Auto Sync is turned on. Next, we'll go to the Crop tool. Here at the Crop tool, I want to use a 1 by 1 crop ratio. This allows me to kind of reduce, and simplify, and remove some of these distracting elements in the background. And here, I'll go ahead and just reposition this, to try to create a fun and nice kind of cohesive, tight, simple little crop for this picture. Well as you can see, it's now cropped both of these photographs.

Well, if I move to the other picture, it's fun, but the crop just isn't right; I need to change that. Well, to change that we turn off Auto Sync. Next we go back to the Crop tool, and then here, we'll make this one a little bit bigger. I'll go ahead and increase the size of that, and then double-click in order to apply that, and now again, we have these two images that have the same crop ratio. We could maybe put these on our blog, or on a Web site; have them sit side by side. And sometimes it's that crop ratio which helps create, kind of, cohesion, or connection between two images.

Well as I look at that, I like the concept, but it didn't really work. With this image, well yeah, it's nice. This is a good crop for this picture. The other one, this one over here, well, I want to see more; I want to see the rest of the environment. So what I need to do with this picture is undo what I've done. I want to reset the crop. Now we know that we can reset the crop by going to the Crop tool, and by clicking the Reset button. Yet, what happens if we're not in the Crop tool; if we're out of the Crop tool, and we just want to reset that crop really quickly? Well, here's a shortcut I want to share with you.

It's a little bit of an extra. You don't have to use this technique, but I use it all the time; here it is. On a Mac, press Option+Command+R, on Windows that's Alt+Control+R, and that allows you to reset the crop to the original crop. It kind of removes that completely, and it takes off whatever crop you have applied.

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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
    2. Using the exercise files
      44s
  2. 22m 4s
    1. Develop module overview and essential shortcuts
      4m 13s
    2. Panel navigation tips
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Develop module presets
      3m 32s
    4. Creating your own presets
      4m 1s
    5. Using the Snapshot and History panels
      3m 40s
    6. Working with the tool strip
      1m 45s
  3. 15m 20s
    1. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      6m 53s
    2. Viewing the before and after
      4m 29s
    3. Comparing and surveying images
      3m 58s
  4. 19m 42s
    1. Understanding white balance and color temperature
      2m 43s
    2. Using the White Balance Selector tool
      4m 22s
    3. Correcting white balance with a color checker
      3m 52s
    4. Working with white balance presets and fine-tuning white balance
      4m 24s
    5. Color correcting multiple images at once
      2m 42s
    6. Creativity and white balance
      1m 39s
  5. 23m 5s
    1. Getting familiar with the tone controls
      3m 19s
    2. Deconstructing the tone controls
      5m 39s
    3. Using the tone controls to enhance photographs
      5m 28s
    4. Correcting clipping with the tone controls
      4m 53s
    5. Synchronizing tonal adjustments with multiple images
      3m 46s
  6. 22m 31s
    1. Understanding vibrance and saturation
      5m 6s
    2. Working with vibrance and saturation
      5m 38s
    3. Color creativity with temperature, vibrance, and saturation
      3m 19s
    4. Understanding clarity
      2m 34s
    5. Using clarity in collaboration with vibrance and saturation
      5m 54s
  7. 10m 37s
    1. Basic panel workflow
      3m 38s
    2. Using Auto Tone
      1m 42s
    3. Workflow considerations
      5m 17s
  8. 18m 27s
    1. Cropping
      3m 29s
    2. Changing the crop aspect ratio
      1m 47s
    3. Straightening with the Crop tool
      2m 49s
    4. Working with the crop overlay
      3m 4s
    5. Crop creativity and orientation
      2m 36s
    6. Synchronizing crop settings
      2m 36s
    7. Exploring how to improve the composition of your photographs
      2m 6s
  9. 15m 55s
    1. Retouching with the Spot Removal tool
      8m 26s
    2. The Spot Removal tool: Clone versus Heal
      4m 56s
    3. Fixing red-eye
      2m 33s
  10. 16m 43s
    1. Introducing the Graduated Filter
      5m 14s
    2. Darkening the sky with the Graduated Filter
      6m 10s
    3. Enhancing a sunrise with the Graduated Filter
      5m 19s
  11. 45m 51s
    1. Adjustment Brush overview
      7m 45s
    2. Using Auto Mask
      5m 55s
    3. Burning and dodging a black-and-white image
      6m 44s
    4. Reducing noise
      5m 40s
    5. Minimizing moiré patterns
      3m 18s
    6. Painting in localized sharpening
      2m 14s
    7. Improving the eyes
      4m 6s
    8. Dimishing a distracting highlight
      3m 42s
    9. The Adjustment Brush and Basic panel workflow
      6m 27s
  12. 15m 38s
    1. Demystifying the Tone Curve controls
      5m 5s
    2. Using the tone curve to correct exposure
      2m 16s
    3. Changing tone and color with the the point tone curve
      3m 39s
    4. Making creative RGB adjustments
      4m 38s
  13. 13m 36s
    1. Understanding the HSL controls
      4m 4s
    2. Using the HSL Target Adjustment tool
      1m 40s
    3. Brightening tones with HSL
      3m 21s
    4. Using HSL to bring out warm and cool tones
      1m 47s
    5. Creative color with HSL
      2m 44s
  14. 36m 35s
    1. Introducing black-and-white conversion
      2m 38s
    2. Converting to black and white
      2m 16s
    3. Modifying black-and-white tones with the Grayscale panel
      5m 26s
    4. Enhancing black-and-white images with the Adjustment Brush
      9m 4s
    5. Using presets to convert to black and white
      5m 13s
    6. Black-and-white workflow with virtual copies
      5m 29s
    7. Black-and-white images and collections
      4m 22s
    8. Creating better black-and-white photographs
      2m 7s
  15. 14m 2s
    1. Split-toning essentials
      3m 34s
    2. Advanced split-toning tips
      2m 44s
    3. Split toning a color image
      3m 5s
    4. Split toning to create a sepia-tone effect
      2m 22s
    5. Using split toning to enhance a sunrise
      2m 17s
  16. 12m 21s
    1. Introducing noise reduction
      5m 10s
    2. Understanding sharpening
      5m 2s
    3. Sharpening workflow
      2m 9s
  17. 13m 35s
    1. Using the Lens Correction controls
      1m 56s
    2. Correcting distortion
      2m 45s
    3. Making subtle adjustments to composition and tone
      4m 10s
    4. Removing fish-eye distortion
      3m 18s
    5. Removing chromatic aberration
      1m 26s
  18. 12m 55s
    1. Adding and correcting vignettes
      2m 24s
    2. Using the Post-Crop controls
      4m 5s
    3. Adding a post-crop vignette
      4m 26s
    4. Working with film grain
      2m 0s
  19. 5m 34s
    1. Understanding camera calibration in Lightroom
      3m 20s
    2. Creative color with camera calibration
      2m 14s
  20. 21s
    1. Goodbye
      21s

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