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Selecting and customizing the aspect ratio

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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.

Selecting and customizing the aspect ratio

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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Cropping with Photoshop and Lightroom

51 video lessons · 3555 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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