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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 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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