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Constraining the crop and using Upright to improve your photos

From: Cropping with Photoshop and Lightroom

Video: Constraining the crop and using Upright to improve your photos

In this movie, we will continue the conversation which was started in the previous movie. And here I want to dig a bit deeper into how we can work with our lens correction controls in order to crop and straighten our photographs. And I also want to highlight an important feature which allows us to constrain the crop to the image area. I'll be working with this image here, it's called eric.dng, and this is a portrait of my friend Eric, who's an artist in his studio, and you can see that this image isn't level. You can tell so by the lines and whatnot in the background.

Constraining the crop and using Upright to improve your photos

In this movie, we will continue the conversation which was started in the previous movie. And here I want to dig a bit deeper into how we can work with our lens correction controls in order to crop and straighten our photographs. And I also want to highlight an important feature which allows us to constrain the crop to the image area. I'll be working with this image here, it's called eric.dng, and this is a portrait of my friend Eric, who's an artist in his studio, and you can see that this image isn't level. You can tell so by the lines and whatnot in the background.

There's a slight tilt to the photograph. Or here lets began to correct that in the Lens Corrections panel, so click on that tab and began by navigating to the Profile tab. And then choose the option to enable the lens profile corrections. This will ensure that our results are that much better later. Next we'll click on the Manual tab and here in the Manual tab we have four different options when it comes to our upright controls. The first option is automatic. This is the option which will typically work best on most of your photographs.

This will correct perspective issues. Also will level the image out horizontally and vertically. We could also try these other options. This is a good option. It will level out those lines horizontally, or we can level our vertical lines. Or we can apply a full correction by clicking on this button here. I find that full works best when you have a lot of distortion in the image, and upright works best again for the majority of your photographs. Alright, well now that we've applied this upright correction. What I want to do is talk about another feature, which we have here which is about how we can constrain our crop to the image area.

In order to talk about that, I need to make kind of a silly adjustment to this photograph. You know, one of the things that we can do with our sliders here is we can make some dramatic perspective corrections to our photographs. For example, we can rotate the image here with this rotate slider and as I rotate this you can see that now everything obviously isn't level. But perhaps let's say that I want to create a different image, I want to tilt the image a little bit to try to create a different type of a mood here with this photograph. Well in doing that, all of a sudden I can see into the background here where I have transparency.

If I go to crop my image by selecting the crop tool and just click and drag over the photograph, I can crop the photograph but notice that my crop area is going to be inside of this transparent area. Or if you want to make sure that your crop always snaps just to the area were we have pixels. What we can do is we can click and hold down on the crop tool and then choose this option which is constrain to image. Here now, when I crop the image, however I crop it it will only allow me to drag this right to the edge of the frame there.

As I rotate the image that will then change how I can crop. Because, again, it's just going to maintain that, that crop area will be inside of that actual image area. The reason why I wanted to highlight that here is often as you start to work with these lens correction controls. You may run into that issue and may decide that you want to crop the image, and often, when you're doing so, it's a good idea to turn on this option, constrain to image. Just to ensure that as you crop the image it will be inside of that particular area.

Now with this photograph I actually don't want to tilt it so here I'll go back to my Crop tool and I'll choose Clear Crop and then I'm going to bring my rotation back to the default setting. I think this environmental portrait looks better simply with some automatic adjustments applied here with upright. It corrected some of those perspective issues and made this image look more natural.

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Cropping with Photoshop and Lightroom

51 video lessons · 3548 viewers

Chris Orwig
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  1. 1m 40s
    1. Welcome
      56s
    2. Using the exercise files
      44s
  2. 16m 43s
    1. Examples and ideas for creating better composition
      7m 57s
    2. Why cropping matters
      4m 23s
    3. Finding pictures within pictures
      4m 23s
  3. 30m 48s
    1. Using the Crop tool to recompose in Camera Raw
      5m 53s
    2. Choosing a custom aspect ratio
      4m 49s
    3. Crop and straighten your photos quickly
      3m 30s
    4. Using Upright to level, or straighten, a photograph
      4m 36s
    5. Constraining the crop and using Upright to improve your photos
      3m 42s
    6. Crop and rotate for creative effect
      3m 6s
    7. Synchronize the crop across multiple files
      3m 51s
    8. Resetting or removing the crop
      1m 21s
  4. 51m 17s
    1. Cropping away distracting elements
      4m 43s
    2. Cropping and painting away distractions
      3m 39s
    3. Selecting and customizing the aspect ratio
      2m 6s
    4. Changing the crop orientation
      2m 10s
    5. Customizing the crop overlay
      3m 40s
    6. Using the crop overlay as a guide to improve composition
      5m 22s
    7. Straightening a photograph with the Crop tool shortcut
      3m 3s
    8. Working with lens corrections to straighten a photo
      4m 54s
    9. Using lens corrections and cropping for the best results
      3m 6s
    10. Crop and rotate for creative effect in Lightroom
      4m 16s
    11. Fixing a common issue when you crop and rotate
      4m 25s
    12. Crop, transform, and flip a photograph
      4m 34s
    13. Synchronize the crop across multiple files
      3m 21s
    14. Resetting or removing the crop
      1m 58s
  5. 43m 56s
    1. The most important crop setting
      3m 51s
    2. Resizing made simple with the Crop tool
      4m 26s
    3. Speeding up your workflow with crop presets
      1m 55s
    4. Creating your own custom crop presets
      3m 48s
    5. Straighten, level, and crop a photograph in one step
      3m 30s
    6. Crop and rotate for creative effect
      1m 59s
    7. Changing the crop overlay guides
      3m 53s
    8. Customizing the crop shield
      2m 29s
    9. Creating a crop from a selection
      3m 5s
    10. Cropping by creating a layer mask
      4m 17s
    11. Cropping to add canvas size
      3m 10s
    12. Using the Perspective Crop tool to fix distortion
      2m 53s
    13. Recomposing with Camera Raw
      4m 40s
  6. 36m 23s
    1. Crop away the clutter and clarify your voice
      7m 31s
    2. Finding pictures within pictures with a landscape
      2m 36s
    3. Finding the right crop in a fashion photograph
      2m 20s
    4. Adding balance to a photograph by cropping
      2m 15s
    5. Experimenting with different ways to crop
      3m 35s
    6. Cropping to reinforce a pattern
      2m 50s
    7. Rotating and filling the frame
      2m 24s
    8. Get close by cropping
      2m 50s
    9. Increasing the canvas size to place two images side by side
      3m 42s
    10. Creating a triptych from one photo
      6m 20s
  7. 1m 50s
    1. Resources to help you improve your composition
      1m 50s

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