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Using lens corrections and cropping for the best results

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Video: Using lens corrections and cropping for the best results

In this movie, we'll take a look at another example of how we can crop and straighten a photograph. And this time it's an environmental portrait of one of my friends Eric. We've seen this earlier in this course. And you can see that the image isn't level or straight. We'll take care of that using the Lens Corrections panel. Here, we'll begin in the Basic tab. In the Basic tab, we want to enable our profile corrections and then turn on the option to constrain the crop. And when you select this option constrain crop, and when you navigate to your Crop tool, you notice that it will turn on this option here as well.

Using lens corrections and cropping for the best results

In this movie, we'll take a look at another example of how we can crop and straighten a photograph. And this time it's an environmental portrait of one of my friends Eric. We've seen this earlier in this course. And you can see that the image isn't level or straight. We'll take care of that using the Lens Corrections panel. Here, we'll begin in the Basic tab. In the Basic tab, we want to enable our profile corrections and then turn on the option to constrain the crop. And when you select this option constrain crop, and when you navigate to your Crop tool, you notice that it will turn on this option here as well.

This two are connected, constrain to warp and also constrain crop What this means is as we make lens corrections, it just will ensure that when it crops the image we will only see pixels rather than blank areas outside of the frame. So let's turn on both of these options. And next let's talk about our upright controls. In most situations, Auto will take care of most problems. Although we can also work on level that will level out all of our horizontal lines. Vertical will deal with those vertical lines.

And then full will deal really with everything, making vertical and horizontal and perspective adjustments to the image. That being said, typically it's auto which is the one which you want to reach for, which will lead to the best results. If ever you need to just work on horizontal lines, use level, or vertical lines, use vertical. And then if you have really tough perspective issues that you need to correct, that's when you want to reach for this option of full. Here if we click to zoom in on the photograph a little bit so we can see some of the lines and also the subject here in this environment.

We can click on this flip switch, so here is our before there is a little bit of tilt there. And then here is after, after we have applied this correction. Now once we have made this correction as we talked before, what we can do is integrate this in to our overall cropping work flow. Often this will be a starting point for how we want to work with a photograph. With this particular picture I had a client who wanted this as a square. So in this case after having corrected the perspective, we can go back to the Crop tool icon here. And in the aspect ratio area we'll choose One to One, this will allow us to have a square crop.

And then we'll go ahead and click and drag to change this. We'll just try to find an interesting crop here, which will focus in on Eric and also a little bit of his work space. Then let's double click that in order to apply this. I'll tap the R key in order to reopen the Crop tool. I want to open up a little bit more space. For this photograph here, and then I'll double click that in order to apply that. And this is where things get really creative where you get to experiment a little bit and have some fun with how you might crop the photograph. Yet keep in mind that having started in lens corrections, that really gave us a jump start on this project.

Again if we turn that off, you can see how there is some rotation and a little bit of distortion. And by beginning in lens corrections and then by finishing this with the Crop tool, we're able to achieve better results too.

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Cropping with Photoshop and Lightroom

51 video lessons · 3544 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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