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Cropping can save photos from a crooked horizon or unwanted subjects in the frame, but it can also be used to create new and interesting images. For this reason, it's closely connected to the photographic principle of composition. Join teacher and photographer Chris Orwig as he shows you how to refocus your eye and reorient your photos with cropping. Learn how to use the Photoshop, Lightroom, and Camera Raw suite of tools to straighten, remove distracting elements, fix distortion, and add creative effects.
In this movie, I want to highlight a technique and a shortcut that you can use which will allow you to change the crop orientation. We'll be working with this photograph here. So let's begin by cropping the image, tap the R key or click on the Crop tool icon to select the Crop tool. And let's just say for the sake of an argument that this photograph will be used in an HD video project and we know that an aspect ratio is 16 by nine. Well, here if we navigate to the area where we can select our aspect ratio, we can choose 16 by nine or 1920 by 1080.
We can go ahead and click on that to select it. This will then lock down the aspect ratio so that as we click to change the overall composition or to crop the image, we will then have this particular aspect ratio. Yet, there is a very distinct problem with this. Currently the aspect ratio is actually nine by 16 versus 16 by nine. In other words it is vertical rather than horizontal. Well we can change that by simply working with this crop area, and if you just click and drag it, eventually, it will snap so that you can have that other ratio.
Here, we can click and drag it, and snap so that it snaps to the other orientation as well. If you want to do so by way of a shortcut, you can press the X key, notice how the X key is allowing me to flip this or to change this from vertical to horizontal. Here I'll go ahead and click and drag this out and then reposition this. So we can have this fun portrait in our video project. Then Double Click in order to apply the crop to the photograph. Often when your cropping way into a picture like this, you may need to make some adjustments.
Again, you probably remember how to do so. Just tap the R key to reactivate the Crop tool. And then just click and drag around a little bit and then double click again in order to apply the crop to the photograph. So here, I just wanted to highlight those two techniques. They involve either clicking and dragging to change that so it snaps to that different orientation. Or also the X key which allows you to flip or to change your crop aspect ratio.
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