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Fixing a common issue when you crop and rotate

From: Cropping with Photoshop and Lightroom

Video: Fixing a common issue when you crop and rotate

In this movie we will begin by using Lightroom in order to crop and rotate this photograph. Then we'll finish off this project by working in Photoshop in order to fill in some blank areas in our image by taking advantage of a feature in Photoshop, which is called Content Aware Fill. Let's begin with this photograph. One of the things that I like about the photograph is the overall color pallet, I like the lighting, I also really like the texture on the wall and how that integrates into this portrait. Yet, one of the things that I don't like is the way that I tilted the camera, it seems like the subject is leaning a bit and I want to correct that.

Fixing a common issue when you crop and rotate

In this movie we will begin by using Lightroom in order to crop and rotate this photograph. Then we'll finish off this project by working in Photoshop in order to fill in some blank areas in our image by taking advantage of a feature in Photoshop, which is called Content Aware Fill. Let's begin with this photograph. One of the things that I like about the photograph is the overall color pallet, I like the lighting, I also really like the texture on the wall and how that integrates into this portrait. Yet, one of the things that I don't like is the way that I tilted the camera, it seems like the subject is leaning a bit and I want to correct that.

I also want to crop in a little bit closer. To do so, let's tap the R key in order to select the crop tool. Next here, we're going to go ahead and maintain the original aspect ratio, so click on the lock icon or tap the A key, in order to toggle that on and off. Let's make sure it's on, so we have the original aspect ratio there. Then just position your cursor near one of those corners and click and drag. In doing that, what I want to do is get a little bit closer here and I want to try to level out those shoulders a little bit.

And then I'll go ahead and bring this crop area down just a touch more. And then double-click in order to apply this. Well, this has already helped us out to improve the image pretty significantly, yet let's take this a little bit further. To do so, we'll navigate to the Lens Corrections panel. And here in Lens Corrections, let's rotate this image even a little bit further. We'll click and drag on this rotate slider and I'm going to drag this to the left a little bit. In doing that, one of the things that's happening here is that we all of a sudden have a few blank areas in the photograph sometimes when you're cropping and rotating this will happen.

If ever this happens don't worry you can always try to fix this using Photoshop using the feature which is called Content Aware Fill, especially if you have a texture background like this, this will be a really easy fix. So here with this photograph lets open it up in Photoshop. We'll navigate to the Photo pull down menu, select Edit In, and then select Photoshop here, in order to open this file up in that application. This will then bring this file over to Photoshop. And in this case it's given me a embedded profile mismatch warning because my color space currently in Photoshop is Adobe RGB, in Lightroom my preference is set to export as ProPhoto.

So, in this case, I'll just use the embedded profile that will work fine, instead of converting it to the working space. And here, we'll go ahead and click OK and it will then bring in that image. Inside of Photoshop we can begin to work on these areas here and fill these little areas in by first making a selection. Let's use one of our selection tools perhaps like the lasso tool. And here just click and drag over this area, make a little lasso selection of that area. Hold down the Shift key and then click and drag over any other areas as well.

And when you're making these selections you want to make sure that you're giving yourself a little bit more space than needed. Let me zoom in on one of these selections so that I can show you what I'm doing here a little bit better because I know it's zoomed out pretty far. But here, you'll notice I selected more than I needed to. Once we've done that in those three areas we'll navigate to the Edit pull down menu and here we'll select Fill, this will open up the Fill dialogue. So again, make a selection, then choose Edit and Fill.

In the Fill dialog, we want to go to the Contents area and choose Content Aware and then click OK. And what this will tell Photoshop to do is to analyze some of the surrounding areas and to actually build new content in these areas. And this particular technique works extremely well and can really save the day with so many different photographs. Here if we zoom out a little bit, we can then pan around the photograph so we can see these lower edges, these are taken care of as well. Next, we need to deselect from those selections. So choose Select and then Deselect so that you can see the final results and how it's built or created new texture in those areas, in order to fix up those issues which in turn has really helped us out with this particular photograph.

Now when we're finished with this, in order to integrate this back into our Lightroom catalog and library, all that we need to do is to save and close the file. And by default this file will then become part of our Lightroom library.

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Cropping with Photoshop and Lightroom

51 video lessons · 3661 viewers

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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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