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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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