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Cropping and composing

From: Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7

Video: Cropping and composing

One of the first things that I want to do with this photograph is I want to recompose it by using the Crop tool. You can select the Crop tool by clicking on it in the Tools panel above or you can press the C key to activate this tool. Next, I need to zoom out a little. There are a number of different ways that we can change our zoom. One technique that you can use is you can click on these little buttons here, click on the Minus (-) icon to zoom out or the Plus (+) icon to zoom in. Or you can press Cmd++ or Cmd+- on a Mac or Ctrl++ or Ctrl+- on Windows.

Cropping and composing

One of the first things that I want to do with this photograph is I want to recompose it by using the Crop tool. You can select the Crop tool by clicking on it in the Tools panel above or you can press the C key to activate this tool. Next, I need to zoom out a little. There are a number of different ways that we can change our zoom. One technique that you can use is you can click on these little buttons here, click on the Minus (-) icon to zoom out or the Plus (+) icon to zoom in. Or you can press Cmd++ or Cmd+- on a Mac or Ctrl++ or Ctrl+- on Windows.

The reason why I want to zoom out is I just want to see all of the edges of this photograph. Now with this Crop tool we can go ahead and start clicking outside of the image and then you can drag across the image in order to create a crop area. By doing that we're extending the crop to the edge of the photograph. Next, to change the crop in a free-form way just go ahead and click on one of these handles and here you can see I can then change this crop by clicking-and-dragging these in. When you're ready to apply the crop what you can do is you can either double-click inside of this area or you can press Enter or Return, in doing that it will then crop the photograph.

The great thing about the Crop tool in Adobe Camera Raw is that it's completely non-destructive. To bring back more of the image we will just press the C key to access the Crop tool and there you can see the rest of the photograph and I can extend this out to the edge. If you need to constrain the aspect ratio or constrain the proportions, what you can do is you can hold down the Shift key, in doing that as you click-and-drag you can see it's constraining that aspect ratio. Here I could change the Crop and then go ahead and click-and-drag to reposition it, hold down the Shift key again and then click-and-drag, and again I'm always constraining the proportions so that the proportions match the original aspect ratio of the file.

Another thing that you can do with the Crop tool is you can click on the tool, you will notice we have a few options. We can click on the option for Overlay, what this will do is it will show us this overlay, which is sometimes helpful to help us determine how we crop the image, perhaps we want to put the subject on one of these intersecting lines. If you find that distracting, well just go back and turn that off by clicking here, so now that overlay will disappear. The next thing I want to highlight is you can also click on different aspect ratios. If you want the crop to be a square we will choose a 1 to 1 and now I have a square crop.

All right, well let's say that we crop our image like this and we realize that you know what, I don't like it. This is not going to work for a full page publication. So how can I get rid of the crop, how can I just kind of reset this? Well the quickest way to do that is to press the C key to reactivate the crop and next press the Escape (Esc) key, think I have to escape I want to get out of here. So when we press Escape it will then undo that crop. All right, well now that we've seen some of the ins and outs of the Crop tool, let's go back to this pull-down menu and choose Normal and then click-and-drag across the image and then here I am going to hold down the Shift key and just click-and-drag to make this a little bit smaller.

In doing that what will happen is it will make the subject's head closer to the top of the frame sometimes that makes people seem a little bit taller. With a photograph like this, where I want more presence, this will work well. And so then finally press Enter or Return in order to apply the Crop.

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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7

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  1. 9m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Should I use Camera Raw or Photoshop?
      3m 22s
    3. What is Adobe Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    4. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 21m 13s
    1. An overview of Bridge and Bridge preferences
      3m 19s
    2. Setting Camera Raw preferences
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring RAW vs. JPEG or TIFF files
      4m 3s
    4. Choosing a native raw file or a digital negative (DNG)
      4m 25s
    5. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      6m 17s
  3. 29m 36s
    1. Project overview: cover photo shoot
      1m 33s
    2. Auto-toning and correcting white balance
      2m 19s
    3. Cropping and composing
      3m 21s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 44s
    5. Removing distractions
      3m 58s
    6. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 59s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 11s
    8. Adding a vignette
      1m 45s
    9. Making a localized correction
      2m 53s
    10. Creating snapshots of memorable looks
      2m 1s
    11. Re-editing camera raw settings
      1m 38s
    12. Working with multiple adjustments
      2m 14s
  4. 15m 2s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      2m 15s
    2. Exploring image-adjustment tabs and panels
      1m 32s
    3. Using the histogram
      5m 12s
    4. Previewing the before and after of different adjustments
      2m 43s
    5. Working with multiple files
      3m 20s
  5. 29m 28s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      4m 35s
    2. Opening JPEGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      4m 43s
    3. How to open a photo in Photoshop and skip Camera Raw
      1m 47s
    4. Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge
      3m 9s
    5. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      6m 35s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      3m 3s
    7. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 17s
    8. Creating a duplicate file
      2m 19s
  6. 11m 19s
    1. Recomposing with the Crop tool
      2m 58s
    2. Clarifying your voice by cropping
      3m 20s
    3. Straightening and cropping
      2m 54s
    4. Cropping creatively
      2m 7s
  7. 9m 9s
    1. Improving color balance
      4m 21s
    2. Color correcting with white balance cards
      1m 48s
    3. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      3m 0s
  8. 18m 32s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      3m 33s
    2. Correcting overexposure
      2m 52s
    3. Correcting underexposure
      3m 13s
    4. Making exposure enhancements
      2m 52s
    5. Recovering highlight and shadow detail
      3m 38s
    6. A speed tip for making basic adjustments
      2m 24s
  9. 14m 14s
    1. Demystifying Clarity
      2m 36s
    2. Increasing Clarity
      3m 52s
    3. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      1m 50s
    4. Improving color with Vibrance
      3m 52s
    5. Making creative color adjustments
      2m 4s
  10. 11m 48s
    1. Learning about the parametric and point-tone curves
      4m 4s
    2. Using the parametric-tone curve
      2m 19s
    3. Using the point-tone curve
      3m 22s
    4. Creating a unique color look with the point-tone curve
      2m 3s
  11. 15m 38s
    1. Introducing the Spot Removal tool
      3m 42s
    2. Removing distracting background elements
      3m 12s
    3. Removing blemishes on a face
      3m 29s
    4. Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor
      2m 58s
    5. Removing red-eye
      2m 17s
  12. 51m 20s
    1. Introducing the Adjustment Brush
      6m 18s
    2. Correcting exposure
      6m 23s
    3. Working with Auto Mask
      4m 16s
    4. Changing the background color
      4m 30s
    5. Changing the color temperature
      3m 15s
    6. Making multiple color and tone adjustments
      5m 47s
    7. Enhancing the color, tone, and sharpness of the eyes
      5m 11s
    8. Whitening teeth
      3m 20s
    9. Brightening shadows and darkening highlights
      2m 51s
    10. Creating a black-and-white effect
      5m 36s
    11. Removing moiré patterns
      2m 19s
    12. Creating Adjustment Brush presets
      1m 34s
  13. 10m 0s
    1. Enhancing the foreground and background of an image with the Graduated Filter tool
      4m 7s
    2. Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 0s
    3. Exploring creative effects with the Graduated Filter tool
      2m 53s
  14. 13m 23s
    1. Exploring noise reduction
      3m 27s
    2. Applying input sharpening
      4m 9s
    3. Using the Basic and Detail panels together
      3m 33s
    4. Edge sharpening an architectural photograph
      2m 14s
  15. 12m 53s
    1. Introducing HSL
      2m 8s
    2. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 7s
    3. Using the Basic and HSL panels together
      2m 24s
    4. Removing colors with HSL
      3m 1s
    5. Making color changes
      3m 13s
  16. 21m 57s
    1. Using the black-and-white controls
      1m 44s
    2. Exploring simple black-and-white conversion
      6m 17s
    3. Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image
      6m 17s
    4. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      7m 39s
  17. 11m 1s
    1. Exploring traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 19s
    2. Adding split toning to color photographs
      3m 49s
    3. Creative toning of a color photo
      3m 53s
  18. 16m 49s
    1. Removing extreme distortion with a lens profile
      2m 2s
    2. Working with the manual Lens Correction controls
      2m 33s
    3. Improving a portrait with lens corrections
      3m 26s
    4. Adding a darkening vignette effect
      1m 28s
    5. Combining lens corrections with creative cropping
      3m 35s
    6. Adding distortion for a creative effect
      2m 29s
    7. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      1m 16s
  19. 15m 10s
    1. Understanding the effects controls
      7m 8s
    2. Adding film grain and darkening edges
      3m 56s
    3. Cropping and brightening edges
      2m 32s
    4. Creating a defined edge
      1m 34s
  20. 9m 29s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 41s
    2. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      3m 25s
    3. Exploring camera calibration resources
      2m 23s
  21. 5m 14s
    1. Introducing presets
      3m 19s
    2. Exploring free and fun ACR presets
      1m 55s
  22. 10m 19s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      2m 21s
    2. Applying raw processing in Bridge
      2m 34s
    3. Recording an action
      3m 37s
    4. Batch processing multiple images
      1m 47s
  23. 7m 52s
    1. A creative color mini-project
      5m 12s
    2. Using Camera Raw controls in a non-traditional way
      2m 40s
  24. 6m 24s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 25s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      40s

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