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While free form cropping, or cropping to a specific aspect ratio is useful, there are many times that you'll want to crop for a very specific size. Maybe you need to make a print, and you want to put the image into a frame. It's a lot easier to crop it in iPhoto than it is to sit there with a pair of scissors trying to guess. Here is how it works. With the image open, I'll click the Crop button, and from the pop-up menu, I could choose a size that I want. A popular size is the 5 x 7 print. Now, these sizes may change depending upon where you live.
If your iPhoto has been localized to a specific country or language, you may see different items in the pop-up menu. Let's go with 5 x 7. And you'll notice, in this case, that it's the wrong shape, and as I drag, I'm limited. That's because I need to change Constrain as landscape or portrait. In this case, I want a portrait aspect ratio, and what I'm trying to do is crop the image to fit just this window. All right, that's looking lot better. I'm happy with that crop, and I can click Done.
Now, let's go to two more images, and just practice this. In this case, I want to go ahead and just tighten the focus on our subject. I do like the landscape aspect ratio, so I'll switch that. And perhaps I need to make a postcard size. I want to send this as a postcard, and print it out on my inkjet printer, or order it as an Apple iCard. So there we go. I have chosen the specific shape that I want. A general rule of thumb, called the rule of thirds, in fact, is to place your subject at one of those intersection points, making a better crop. There you go.
And that's definitely clearly focused on our subject, and a better composition. Let's go here to one more. I'm going to crop, and change the orientation, and adjust it. There we go. Now, I do want to show you that things are nondestructive. So, in reviewing my image here, I decided that this little bit here at the edge that's partially cut off is somewhat distracting.
So by clicking the Crop button, I can go back in, and refine the crop, making sure I just get past those plastic containers, and then apply it again, and the image updates.
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