Most images need cropping. And the cropping tool is quite powerful. In this video, Derrick Story shows you how in Photos for macOS Mojave.
- [Instructor] One of the best editing tools that we have especially for images captured with our iPhone because our iPhones don't have powerful zooms and they have two lenses at best. Even though we have digital zoom sometimes, well, they're just not as intimate as we'd like them to be, and cropping can really help that. Cropping can really give our image much more impact. As I like to say, cropping can help us find the art within our photo. And let me show you what I mean by that. So we'll come over to this shot right here.
All right, it's kind of a cool shot, but there's a lot of space around it that may not be necessary. Now sometimes you like these shots this way, sometimes you don't. On this one I don't. I think it has too much foreground, and it has too much sky, and I think cropping can help it. So that's what we're going to do, so I'm going to hold down command + return. This time we're going to come right over here to Crop. And you notice, look at that, that little ink, did you see that? It went from zero to one right there.
It was automatically straightening out the horizon for me. Now if I don't like that, I can reset that right here. If I do like it, I can keep it, and if I want to intervene and do more, I can get in here and I can play around with it. For now, I'm going to stick with one. So all I have to do is grab the handles on this, and let's just do a little bit of cropping. So I want to keep that foreground low. I want the horizon low. And I do want to big sky on this because we could use some of those other tools to enhance that sky, but I think I want something that's more like this here.
I feel that's a much better shot. And maybe even, maybe even bring it down a bit more, huh? Whaddya think? Something like this? Bring it in on this side just a hair too? Oh, that's kind of fun. Now you can see that that is a much different shot than what we had before. And then I can go ahead and add the punch with brilliance, and you know maybe play with the sky a bit.
But this, to me, has more power than the original shot that we did, okay? So we have this here. Now if I revert to original. Actually let's just come back here to Adjust. You can go well just hold down the M key, you know what, the M key doesn't work on crops. That's evil, isn't it? (laughs) There's a very good reason for it, I don't know what it is, but it doesn't work on crops, but we can come back to crop at any time, and readjust.
Now the last thing that I want to show you, what I did was a Freeform crop. That means I could just grab the handles and do whatever I want. However, we can constrain our crops, for instance, if you know you're going to make five by seven prints, you can constrain the cropping handles to five by seven. Now, we're going to use those proportions, or three by two, really anything that's listed here, or even Custom where you enter your own parameters. Generally speaking I do Freeform unless I know I have a special need because I want to crop it exactly the way that I think makes the image look best, and that's my number one goal.
So that is cropping right here, and I tell you cropping helps so many images. So, don't overlook it, you can crop on your phone as well. It's easier on a bigger screen like this, but you can crop on the phone, you can crop here, just don't forget to do it.
- What Photos on the Mac can do that an iPhone can't
- Importing images from your hard drive or camera
- Sorting, organizing, and deleting photos
- Creating Smart Albums
- Using face recognition and the People album
- Capturing and cropping screenshots
- Recording videos with your Mac
- Enhancing and adjusting photos
- Working with live photos and videos
- Working with metadata and location information
- Sharing and exporting photos
Skill Level Intermediate
iPhone and iPad Photography for iOS 11with Seán Duggan3h 22m Intermediate
iMovie 10.1.8 Essential Trainingwith Garrick Chow3h 11m Beginner
1. Quick Start with Photos
2. Add Images to a Photos Library
Receive images via AirDrop2m 41s
3. Sort, Organize, and Delete Photos
4. Screenshots, Video Capture, and Camera Continuity
5. Edit Images
6. Work with Video and Live Photos
7. Share, Export, and Output
8. Metadata and Library Management
Final thoughts3m 6s
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