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In this installment of the Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials series, author and teacher Chris Orwig guides photographers through the process of improving images with creative color, sharpening, and other effects in the Lightroom Develop module. The course covers each of the tools and features in the Develop module, and shows how to perform basic adjustments, such as exposure enhancement; how to improve image quality through noise reduction and clarity adjustments; how to apply creative effects, such as split toning and vignettes; and how to perform advanced tasks, such as correcting for lens distortion. Exercise files are included with the course.
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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