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Editing your last crop

From: Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals

Video: Editing your last crop

In this movie, I'll show you how to modify an existing crop boundary. And along the way, I'll demonstrate the various grid options that are available to you. And I'll also show you how you can rotate an image using the crop tool, which will allow us to straighten this crooked horizon. So, any time you want to edit an existing crop, all you have to do is switch back to the crop tool which again you can get by pressing the C key. And then you'll see your crop boundary. And notice, as soon as you set in modifying it and as long as you're in this Crop Editing mode.

Editing your last crop

In this movie, I'll show you how to modify an existing crop boundary. And along the way, I'll demonstrate the various grid options that are available to you. And I'll also show you how you can rotate an image using the crop tool, which will allow us to straighten this crooked horizon. So, any time you want to edit an existing crop, all you have to do is switch back to the crop tool which again you can get by pressing the C key. And then you'll see your crop boundary. And notice, as soon as you set in modifying it and as long as you're in this Crop Editing mode.

You will see, by default, the rule of thirds, represented by these grid lines. Now, the rule of thirds specifies that if you divide an image into thirds, both horizontally and vertically. That you want the subject of your photograph to be located at an intersection of two of those grid lines. But that just one of many design rule at your disposal. If you go up to this overlay option icon and click on it, you'll see all kind of other design rule such as these inset triangles that you might take advantage of.

We've also got the golden ratio. And just in case you're wondering, legitimately, how in the world these things work? The golden ratio specifies this. It goes way back, it's one of those renaissance rules that specifies that area A, which is this are right there, and area B is right there. The ratio of area a to area b Is the same as the sum of the two, that is areas A and B, to area A.

Really, what it comes down to, is that, again, you'll want to put the subject of your photograph at one of these intersection lines. And if you want to go even deeper you can check out the golden spiral. Also known ultimately as the Fibonacci spiral in case you studied art history in school. The idea is that we've got a series of golden ratios going on and we have arcs inside of those golden ratios. So, we've got a big arc and then a half arc and then a quarter arc and so fourth going on throughout this.

And we want this guy to be positioned twoard the center of what is ultimately this kind of nautilus shell here. Problem is that we don't have enough image to make that work, so I'll go ahead and drag him back. And if you want to move the image inside the crop boundary, you have to drag inside the crop boundary. That's very important. So, what you can do when you're working with the golden spiral is you can change its orientation. So, I'll go ahead and click on this icon again. And notice that we have Cycle Overlay which has a keyboard shortcut of O which will take us from Rule of Thirds to Grid to Diagonal and so forth.

And then when we're working with the golden spiral we have Cycle Orientation, which is Shift+O. And if you put any stake in the spiral, then you'll want to know this keyboard shortcut because choosing the command one time does not do the trick. In fact, I have to press Shift+O several times in a row to get what I'm looking for, which is the spiral oriented this way. And then, I move the guy toward the center of the spiral, you know, mas o menos it's not really important that you get him dead on.

Now, in addition to using a grid, in order to position a subject of your photo, you'll also have the option of rotating the image. And you do that by moving your cursor outside the crop boundary and dragging. And as you do, notice that you'll see a grid which will help you decide what's plum and what's not. And I also see this heads up display to the right hand side of my cursor. Which is telling me that I've rotated the image negative 2.9 degrees, and then I'll go ahead and release in order to apply that initial rotation. Now at this point, I'd really like to keep seeing those grid lines because I'd like to make sure that I got things exactly right.

And if you want to work that way as well then you return to the Overlay icon and you switch it to Grid, and then, you'll end up seeing the grid like so. And then, if you like, you zoom in until the grid line aligns with the horizon as I am seeing right here. Now it's telling me negative 2.4 degrees, and that's the combined rotation by the way.

That's the total rotation. And now, it looks almost right. I'm just a little bit off. And the reason I'm taking this so seriously, is because this is going to be a destructive modification, so I've got to get it right the first time. Or I'll have to press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on the Mac and try again and that looks good it looks like I'm evenly above the grid line like so. And now I'll press Ctrl+0 or Cmd+0 on the Mac to zoom out I'm way to far out and notice by the way that I can see the entire image size right there. I'll go ahead and zoom back in a little bit however so that I can better see what I'm doing.

Now, I want you to understand. Let me zoom out again. I want you to understand that this is indeed a destructive modification and the reason it's a destructive modification is because Photoshop has to re-write every pixel in an image in order to rotate it. And the reason Photoshop has to do that Is because after all, every pixel is an upright square. And what we're asking Photoshop to do is rotate the squares and it can't do that. So, it has to rewrite them instead. So make sure you've got that rotation right before you press the Enter key or the Return key in order to accept that change.

Which I'm going to do right now. And, we end up with this straightened version of the image right here. Now he's looking a little crookedy. His chair isn't. His chair is straight up and down. Apparently his table is at an angle. But, you know, that was his choice. I'd rather get the world straight than worry about the axis of his desk. But, of course, you can make your own subjective decisions. Anyway, that's how you take advantage of the various grid options, and how you rotate an image, albeit destructively, using the Crop tool.

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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals

102 video lessons · 21235 viewers

Deke McClelland
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  1. 35m 44s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      1m 51s
    2. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 8 NEW
      6m 16s
    3. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 7 or earlier UPDATED
      5m 48s
    4. Opening from the Macintosh Finder UPDATED
      7m 10s
    5. Opening from Photoshop or Bridge
      3m 52s
    6. Opening through Camera Raw
      5m 11s
    7. Closing one image and closing all UPDATED
      5m 36s
  2. 52m 47s
    1. Navigating your image
      40s
    2. The dark vs. the light interface UPDATED
      6m 2s
    3. Navigating tabs and windows
      4m 32s
    4. Panels and workspaces
      6m 20s
    5. Zooming incrementally
      6m 22s
    6. Zooming continuously
      2m 43s
    7. Entering a custom zoom value
      2m 25s
    8. Scrolling and panning images
      2m 31s
    9. Rotating and resetting the view
      2m 11s
    10. Cycling between screen modes
      3m 10s
    11. Using the Navigator panel
      3m 38s
    12. Using Retina and HiDPI displays
      4m 3s
    13. Adjusting a few screen preferences UPDATED
      8m 10s
  3. 1h 2m
    1. Digital imaging fundamentals
      1m 45s
    2. Image size and resolution
      6m 34s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 9s
    4. Common resolution standards
      4m 7s
    5. Upsampling vs. real pixels
      7m 59s
    6. Changing the print size
      8m 15s
    7. Downsampling for print
      5m 14s
    8. Downsampling for email
      6m 22s
    9. The interpolation settings
      6m 40s
    10. Downsampling advice
      5m 5s
    11. Upsampling advice
      4m 15s
  4. 53m 20s
    1. The layered composition
      1m 40s
    2. Introducing the Layers panel
      4m 12s
    3. Adding, scaling, and aligning layers
      5m 27s
    4. Dragging and dropping layers
      4m 36s
    5. Stack, reveal, and rename
      3m 1s
    6. Opacity, history, and blend mode
      6m 5s
    7. Duplicating a selected portion of a layer
      5m 32s
    8. Applying a clipping mask
      3m 58s
    9. Blending inside a clipping mask
      4m 10s
    10. Finishing off your artwork
      3m 13s
    11. Creating a new layer and background
      4m 24s
    12. Layering tips and tricks
      7m 2s
  5. 26m 13s
    1. The art of the save
      54s
    2. Four things to know about saving UPDATED
      5m 59s
    3. Saving layers to PSD
      6m 34s
    4. Saving print images to TIFF
      4m 48s
    5. Saving an interactive image to PNG
      3m 40s
    6. Saving a flat photo to JPEG
      4m 18s
  6. 32m 16s
    1. Honing in on your image
      1m 43s
    2. The new and improved Crop tool
      4m 35s
    3. Editing your last crop
      6m 29s
    4. Cropping to a specific ratio or size
      5m 57s
    5. Straightening a crooked image
      4m 44s
    6. Filling in missing details UPDATED
      6m 44s
    7. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      2m 4s
  7. 44m 51s
    1. First, there is brightness
      2m 12s
    2. How luminance works
      4m 18s
    3. The three Auto commands
      3m 27s
    4. Automatic brightness and contrast
      6m 5s
    5. The Brightness/Contrast command
      2m 47s
    6. The dynamic adjustment layer
      4m 4s
    7. Editing adjustment layers
      3m 52s
    8. Isolating an adjustment with a layer mask
      3m 31s
    9. Introducing the histogram
      4m 58s
    10. Measuring an adjustment
      3m 34s
    11. Using the Shadows/Highlights command
      6m 3s
  8. 44m 33s
    1. And second, there is color
      1m 31s
    2. Identifying a color cast UPDATED
      3m 34s
    3. Correcting a color cast automatically
      3m 57s
    4. Changing the color balance
      6m 10s
    5. Compensating with Photo Filter
      3m 11s
    6. Adjusting color intensity with Vibrance
      3m 29s
    7. Correcting color casts in Camera Raw
      5m 46s
    8. The Hue/Saturation command
      5m 26s
    9. Summoning colors where none exist
      4m 8s
    10. Making more color with Vibrance
      4m 27s
    11. Making a quick-and-dirty sepia tone
      2m 54s
  9. 55m 46s
    1. Making selective modifications
      1m 10s
    2. The geometric Marquee tools
      6m 1s
    3. Aligning one image element to another
      4m 59s
    4. The freeform Lasso tools
      3m 59s
    5. The Polygonal Lasso tool and Quick Mask
      5m 19s
    6. Cropping one selection inside another UPDATED
      6m 15s
    7. Creating rays of light
      4m 44s
    8. Quick Selection and Similar
      4m 11s
    9. Making it better with Refine Edge
      4m 56s
    10. Integrating image elements
      2m 39s
    11. Magic Wand and Grow
      5m 17s
    12. Refine, integrate, and complete
      6m 16s
  10. 53m 48s
    1. Your best face forward
      1m 0s
    2. Content-Aware Fill UPDATED
      6m 11s
    3. Using the Spot Healing Brush
      5m 36s
    4. The more capable "standard" Healing Brush UPDATED
      5m 55s
    5. Meet the Clone Source panel
      3m 53s
    6. Caps Lock and Fade
      4m 57s
    7. The Dodge and Burn tools UPDATED
      5m 1s
    8. Adjusting color with the Brush tool UPDATED
      6m 35s
    9. Smoothing skin textures UPDATED
      5m 57s
    10. Brightening teeth
      4m 0s
    11. Intensifying eyes UPDATED
      4m 43s
  11. 49s
    1. Until next time UPDATED
      49s

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