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Crop and straighten your photos quickly

From: Cropping with Photoshop and Lightroom

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Let's take a look at how we can crop and straighten our photographs quickly using Camera Raw. Here we'll be working with two different photographs, the first one is titled lake.jpeg. Go ahead and select that photograph then hold down the Cmd key and click on this other photograph, which is london.jpeg. Then navigate to the File pull down menu and choose Open in Camera Raw. When you click on that menu item it will launch these photographs in Camera Raw. Now this first image here obviously isn't level and what I want to do is fix that.

Crop and straighten your photos quickly

Let's take a look at how we can crop and straighten our photographs quickly using Camera Raw. Here we'll be working with two different photographs, the first one is titled lake.jpeg. Go ahead and select that photograph then hold down the Cmd key and click on this other photograph, which is london.jpeg. Then navigate to the File pull down menu and choose Open in Camera Raw. When you click on that menu item it will launch these photographs in Camera Raw. Now this first image here obviously isn't level and what I want to do is fix that.

The horizon is tilted. Well, one way to do that is to work with the straighten tool. You can select that tool by tapping the A key or by clicking on the icon right here. Then all that you need to do is to click and drag over an area of your image that you think should be straight, in this case, the horizon, then let go. And what it will do, is it will crop the image and also rotate the crop so that that line, I should say, is straight and it will correct the photograph. If we double-click inside of this area, you can see how it performed then, how it straightened the picture out.

Now, sometimes what you may want to do is actually access the straighten tool another way. Let me show you how. Here if we go to the Crop pull down menu we can select Clear Crop, which will undo the crop and also the straightening of this picture. Often what we'll do is we'll work with our crop tool by selecting it, then you hold down the Cmd key on a Mac or Ctrl key on Windows to temporarily access the straighten tool. It's a really nice and handy shortcut that you can use. Drag that line across an area that you think should be straight, that will then crop the image and rotate it so that that will be straight.

Then press Enter on Windows, Return on a Mac in order to apply that crop and straightening to the photograph. This also works if you're working with lines which are horizontal or vertical. If we click into the image London, one of the things that we can see here is that this wall right here is not straight. We'll just straighten that. Let's use the technique which we learned in the previous photograph. We'll press the C key to select the crop tool or just click on the crop tool icon. Next, with the crop tool active, we can hold down the Cmd key on a Mac or Ctrl key on Windows, which gives us access to the straighten tool.

Click and drag the line over something that you think should be straight, that will then allow you to crop and also straighten the picture. If the crop isn't exactly where you want it, you can always move this around. You can hold down the Shift key and click and drag to make sure you're maintaining that same aspect ratio. Or you can also just change the crop as we know how to do as we've done in the other movies as well. Here, I'll go ahead and just bring this back to where it was. And then double-click inside of the crop area in order to apply that crop to the photograph.

And the great thing about using these techniques of course, is that these are all non-destructive. So if ever you want to go back and just slightly modify it a little bit, just tap the C key to reactivate the crop tool and then here we can crop into the photograph and change the overall composition if we want to. And then double-click inside of the cropped area in order to apply that crop to the photograph. Now we'll actually be working with these two images again in the next movie. So what I want you to do here is to go ahead and click Cancel, that will allow us to undo the cropping that we've done in this particular movie.

Because in the next movie we'll look at another technique that we can use, which will allow us to crop and to straighten these photographs.

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Cropping with Photoshop and Lightroom

51 video lessons · 3547 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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