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Last, but not least I want to take a look at how we can use the Crop tool in order to come up with some creative results. We'll be working with this photograph here, press Cmd+R or Ctrl+R to open it up in Camera Raw. This particular movie comes from a real-world scenario. I just gotten a new pocket camera and this was one of the first pictures that I took with that camera. When I opened it up, I converted it to black-and-white as you can see, but I just didn't like the composition.
Well, what can I do? I selected the Crop tool and then I extended this over the image and then just started to bring this up. I need to remove some of the other elements. But that wasn't enough. And I kept tightening this up, bringing it in closer-and-closer until I had this really tight crop, yet it was also really tall. Press Enter or Return to apply that and you can see the photograph. This creates kind of this off-balanced feel. And by doing that it made me realize that I like this photograph, I like the expression, I just had too much there.
After having made a creative crop, you also might want to change the overall processing of the photograph like with this one. Those blacks need to become deeper so that this is a really stark graphic type of a photograph. Next, the other thing that you might want to do as you experiment with cropping is you might want to experiment with rotating your image. Perhaps what you could do is hover over a corner point and rotate it one way and then press Enter or Return. Here you can see I've just shifted that axis.
What this can do for you is not only affect your final output, but it also can change the way that you actually shoot pictures and so as you seek to integrate the Crop tool into your own workflow, what I encourage you to do is of course, use this tool in a functional way. But also don't hold back from using it artistically and creatively as well. This tool can teach you a lot and also it can help you to become a better photographer.
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