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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'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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