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In Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6, Chris Orwig provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 6, the CS5 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate images in non-destructive and now even more efficient ways. This course covers the benefits of the raw processing, which makes it possible to more precisely control an image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, sharpness, and more—including new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues. Learn the entire Camera Raw workflow, from opening and resizing, toning and cropping, to sharpening and saving. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here I want to focus in on how we can use the Crop tool in order to compose our photographs, and in particular, I want to focus in on aspect ratio. Let's go ahead and double-click on this file. It's titled joe_curren.dng. That will then open this one up inside of Adobe Camera Raw. This particular image was captured for this professional surfer and for his surfboard sponsor. So, the surfboard here in the foreground I really like it, yet there is a little bit of a tilt. So, I want to correct the tilt. And I also know that I need a particular crop ratio.
So, here is what we can do. We can actually click on the Crop tool. Underneath the Crop tool, you'll see that you have some different aspect ratios. Well, the aspect ratio that I need to work with is 3 to 4, because that's what the client has told me. So, I'll go ahead and select that option. Then now I am going to simply click and drag across the image. Now, it's always going to maintain that same aspect ratio as I click and drag here. I'll go ahead and expand this a little bit further. Well, now I also said that I want to correct the lean. To do so, I am going to simply rotate this crop area, so that it's a little bit closer to the line of this railroad tie here.
Just to make that a little bit more straight, I'll click and drag to reposition this. Then press Enter or Return in order to apply that crop. Now, let's say that I create this image and realize, you know what, that was the wrong aspect ratio. Well, how could I change it? Well, one of the ways that I could change this is to press the C key in order to reactivate the crop. Then what you can do is right-click or Ctrl+Click inside of your crop area. You can do this really at any time. And here what we can do is choose a different aspect ratio.
For example, let's say 4 to 5. You'll see that it will update my crop. Let me choose one which is a little bit more dramatic, so you can actually see how that works. I'll choose 1 to 1. There you can see it's giving me a different crop ratio. Well, if I ever make a mistake, I can always change that by right-clicking or Ctrl+Clicking, and choosing the correct option. Or for that matter, I can click on the Crop tool icon here, and also make the same selection this way as well. All right. Well, I am back to my 3 to 4 crop. That actually is what I need to do after looking over my notes again, let's say, and I'll reposition this and just modify that.
Press Enter or Return to apply the crop, and now we have significantly improved the composition of the photograph, and in addition, we've added the specific crop ratio.
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