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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'm going to talk about how we can crop our images to specific and also custom aspect ratios. This is a photograph of my wife Kelly and our oldest daughter Anika after her ballet recital from a few years ago. And what my wife wants to do, is to print this image out or have me print it out for her as a five by seven. Well, to change the aspect ratio and to crop the image as a five by seven, we can tap the R key to select the Crop tool or simply click on the Crop tool icon. And then next what we want to do is click on this Pull-Down menu right here which gives us access to different aspect ratios.
For example, if we want to choose the aspect ratio of five by seven we can select that here. This will then change our crop area. Notice how it's gray now, part of the background. Well, now you can see that the crop aspect ratio is locked down, so as I click and drag this, this is going to maintain this new aspect ratio which is a five by seven. And here I'll go ahead and create a much closer crop of this image, which will create for perhaps a little bit more of an exciting and close up portrait. Of these two, very important people to me.
Now if you want to work with a custom crop ratio, you can do so as well. Again, let's reaccess the crop tool by clicking on the icon, or by pressing the R key. If we click on the aspect ratio Pull-down menu, here you'll notice that we have an option to enter a custom aspect ratio. Here let's go ahead and enter that, and in this case rather than five by seven, let's say that what we want to do is create an aspect ratio which is four by seven just for demo purposes. We can enter in those numbers here and then click OK.
You can see how it's changing that aspect ratio, so I can then double click in order to apply that. And now we have a different crop. And sometimes you may need to have a custom aspect ratio if you're going to include an image in a video project, or perhaps you're going to print it in a certain way. As you can see here, we can access different aspect ratios by simply working with this area of our Crop tool options.
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