In this video, get some tips and tricks about how to use Draw and Crop to straighten an image.
- [Instructor] Now we'll step into some of the tools in the Develop module and I think the most important one of all is Crop. and so I want to show you a couple of tips and tricks with it and also give you some thinking for how I use the crop tool. So it's right here and the first thing that we get is this nice overlay with the crop tool. One thing that you should know is that you can cycle the O key to get different overlays. So very precise information, a grid, I like to keep it on the rule of thirds it's just a general guide, it's not an exact rule. And let me explain how I would use the crop tool on this particular image. it looks like things are more or less straight up and down as I can see here. I use the crop tool to get rid of distracting content and to use leading lines. So I've got this great leading line over to the side that pulls my eye in and I've got another one on the left side. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to come up to match the one on the right side and in doing that you'll notice I got rid of the distracting rails at the bottom and some of the grass down there which doesn't really add to the photo. I pull that up there and I've now got that line on the right leading right to the corner. Now I'm missing my line on the left, it's not perfectly matched up but this content to the far left isn't that important to me. At this point I'm going to pull that side in so that I now have this diagonal line matching up. So it just gives me a much more uniform image. And at this point if I wanted to pull the top down I could do that, I kind of like what I've got going here. There isn't an exact rule of thirds in this image because there's a strange shape up here is down below and the sky is in the upper left. Let's see how that crop works. that if I wanted to come in here and use a preset crop, I could do that. These are less common in a world you should crop to what looks good to you. So when I'm done I'm going to go ahead and apply that and I like that, I like the way it looks visually, I will often turn out the lights at this point. I'm going to hit L and then L again to just look at the image. So I'm happy with how this looks, let's go back in and look at a couple of other unique things that I can do with the crop tool. And one thing to note is you can uncrop an image, unlike a lot of applications where you crop and you're stuck with the reality of whatever you've done, you could come in here and you could change the crop later. Like if I decided I don't like that light off to the right, I'm going to pull that in, further pull that in to the left. so I want the line to start on the left, and at this point now it has to come in on the right. You get the idea there. Don't get too hung up on it, One other thing I'm going to do here, I'm going to purposely tilt this and hit Done. If you come in here with an image that looks like this one thing you can do with the crop tool is you can click this angle tool and just draw a straight line and it's automatically going to straighten it for you. That can be really handy. You could try clicking Auto as well and it's going to take a look at the image and guess where it thinks the horizon is. I've had more luck with the tool than I've had with the Auto button. Use whichever one you think is the best. Just remember that cropping like anything you're not stuck with it just the way it is. If you're not sure which one you like better you can always create a virtual copy, crop one and not crop the other. You get the idea.
- Adjusting photographs in Lightroom
- Using the Develop module
- Fixing white balance and temperature
- Applying HDR adjustments
- Sharpening images
- Making lens corrections
- Fixing perspective
- Retouching images using a brush
- Adjusting clarity and haze
- Applying graduated filters
- Culling photos in Lightroom
- Sharing images
- Using shortcuts in Lightroom