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Video: Rethinking the crop

I've spent a reasonable amount of time working with this image mostly focused on creating a little bit of an older appearance in the image, but in the process I'm starting to rethink my crop. I think that the rotation in particular just wasn't quite right, and so I want to go back and fine tune the result. This is made possible by the fact that I made sure, when I crop the image, that the Delete Cropped Pixels check box on the Options bar was turned off. And so now, I can reveal all of those original pixels by going to the Image menu and choosing Reveal All. You can see that now I have all of the pixels in the image available, and so I can reapply the crop, possibly changing the rotation in the process. So, I'll choose the Crop tool from the Toolbox, then I'll move my Mouse outside of the Crop box, then click and drag in order to rotate. You'll notice that a grid appears, and my thinking at this point is that perhaps I really should focus on that middle box, and specifically the right edge of that middle box.
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Watch the Online Video Course Photoshop Artist in Action: Tim Grey's Photo Optimization Techniques
1h 59m Intermediate Jul 05, 2013

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In this course Tim Grey takes a unique approach to teaching you to optimize your images in Photoshop. Rather than focusing on a particular "category" of adjustments, or being organized strictly by topic, this course will concentrate on specific images. Work along with Tim as he examines each image, sets goals for the final result, and optimizes the image based on those goals. Along the way you'll gain insights into tonal and color adjustments, image cleanup techniques, creative effects, and much more.

Topics include:
  • RAW conversion and processing
  • Spot removal
  • Cropping and straightening
  • Adding local contrast
  • Black-and-white conversion
  • Correcting perspective with Transform
  • Enhancing detail with High Pass
  • Applying HDR tone-mapping
  • Adding a custom vignette
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Rethinking the crop

I've spent a reasonable amount of time working with this image mostly focused on creating a little bit of an older appearance in the image, but in the process I'm starting to rethink my crop. I think that the rotation in particular just wasn't quite right, and so I want to go back and fine tune the result. This is made possible by the fact that I made sure, when I crop the image, that the Delete Cropped Pixels check box on the Options bar was turned off. And so now, I can reveal all of those original pixels by going to the Image menu and choosing Reveal All. You can see that now I have all of the pixels in the image available, and so I can reapply the crop, possibly changing the rotation in the process. So, I'll choose the Crop tool from the Toolbox, then I'll move my Mouse outside of the Crop box, then click and drag in order to rotate. You'll notice that a grid appears, and my thinking at this point is that perhaps I really should focus on that middle box, and specifically the right edge of that middle box.

It just seems the more I look at this image that that's really the point where I'm going to evaluate whether or not the image is straight, I could also pay particular attention to the bottles for example but I think right about there is probably the best balance for the image. The bottles appear relatively straight, this right edge of the middle crate appears relatively straight, the bottom crate doesn't look straight but I think that's okay especially since the ground here is obviously slope. So that looks to me to be a much better rotation, and so once again, with that delete crop pixels check box turned off on the Options bar, I'll go ahead and click the Apply button In order to apply that effect.

And, to me, that looks to be much better, a big improvement. I think I just wasn't thinking clearly when I thought that, that bottom crate was the crate that I should align vertically. And I think it's important to keep in mind that at any time we can reconsider the various adjustments that we've applied. This is part of the reason that I encourage a non-destructive workflow, a workflow that utilizes layers and other non-destructive techniques, so that you can always take a step backward or make changes to the adjustments you've applied. So, don't be afraid if something isn't looking quite right to revisit some of the changes you've made to your images, whether that means modifying one of the adjustment layers or even as we've seen here changing the crop.

It's worth revisiting those things if you don't feel they're quite right so that you can help ensure you're producing the best image possible.

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