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Let's take a look at how we can use the Crop tool in order to improve the composition of our photographs. In order to select the Crop tool, you can click on it in the Toolbar, or you can press the shortcut key. You remember that one, right? It's the C key for Crop. All right. Well, all that we need to do here to apply a crop is to simply position the cursor over the image. In this case, I am going to go ahead, and let's start in the top left-hand corner, and I'll click and drag across the entirety of the photograph here. I am going to send this out, just to make sure this crop is on the edge of the image.
Next, if I hold down the Shift key right now, I can click and drag, and it will constrain the proportions. Notice that it's constraining the proportions based on that original crop size. If I let go of the Shift key, well, then I can do a bit of a more free-form crop, and I can change this as needed. Well, here you can see that as I change this - let's say that I want to go for a crop that's perhaps a little bit more square, something like this. Well, if I choose that and then hold down the Shift key, it's going to constrain the proportions based on however I left off.
Here, you can see again, this is a bit more of a square. So I just want to point out that you can work with this crop in a couple of different ways. All right. Well, let's cancel out of the crop and hit the Escape key. Now that we know about how this Crop tool works, let's use this in a little bit more of a realistic way. A lot of times what I'd like to do is zoom out a bit. So, we'll go ahead and zoom out just so we can see all the edges of our photograph. Next, start outside of your image area, click and then drag across the image.
That way you'll be sure to select a crop which goes to the full edge of your photograph. Next, what we can do now is hold down the Shift key. We'll go ahead and click and drag one of our corner points. Then we'll hover over the middle area and click to reposition the crop. Now, at this juncture, I want to zoom in a little bit. I'll do so by pressing Command on Mac, Ctrl on Windows, plus the Plus key in order to zoom in here. I'll press the Spacebar key and click and drag to reposition. I just want to get a feel for this new particular type of crop.
Well, in this case I am really liking this, because I took out a lot of that headroom. It's going to make this portrait of this world champion surfer here feel a little bit stronger. To apply the crop, you can either double -click inside of the crop area, or you can press Enter or Return. Now, once you've done that, you can always go back and change your crop later. Let me show you what I mean. Let's click Done in order to apply this. Now, back here in Adobe Bridge we can see it updated our thumbnail and also our Preview.
Well, let's say that we want to change this crop. To do so, all that we need to do now is to double-click the image, because it's already been processed in Camera Raw. When we do that it will remember, yes, this was processed in Camera Raw based on our settings, it will then open it up in Adobe Camera Raw, Here, what we can do is press is the C key to access the Crop tool. So, the nice thing about this with JPEG, TIFFS or RAW files is it's not going to lose any information. In other words, this is completely nondestructive. Here what we could do is hold down the Shift key, say open this up perhaps just a little bit more.
Then change the overall perspective here on this crop as far as its position. Then let's say we want to do something a bit more free-form. Let go off the Shift key. Then click and drag one of these anchor points in order to make a change. We can also rotate a bit. If we simply want to do a custom rotation to change the overall lean of the photograph, press Enter or Return to apply that. Now, we've successfully cropped this photograph.
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