Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Synchronize the crop across multiple files, part of Photoshop and Lightroom: Cropping.
In this movie I want to talk about how we can synchronize our crop across multiple images. I will be working with some photographs of my little daughter, Elsie, here when she was in the snow. And what we're going to do is select both of these files so click on this image. Hold down the command key on that control on windows and then click on the other photograph. Next, to open these up in camera, we'll go to the file pull down menu and choose open in camera. Now when you're working with two images often what you'll find is, in a photo shoot or in a little setting like this, you have two images where perhaps you need to crop out the area of the photograph.
In this case the top part of the area of the image. Whenever you have an area of brightness or darkness on the edge the eye is going to travel to that and sort of hang up in that area. So in this case we want to reduce and simplify to improve the composition. To do that we'll select the crop tool here and I'll just click and drag the crop area out over the photograph. If we extend this all the way to the edge we can maintain this aspect ratio by holding down the command key on a Mac or Control key on Windows and just clicking and dragging the crop area in or the crop area down, I should say.
Next in order to apply this we can just double-click in the image in order to apply the crop to this photograph of my cute little one here. She is just so adorable in that snowsuit. At least I think so. Alright. Well if we want to synchronize this crop to another photograph, or to many other photographs, we can do so by going ahead and clicking on those images. So hold down the command key on a Mac, control cam windows, and then click on the second image. This will give us access to the synchronized button in Camera. If we click on that button it will open up our synchronized settings.
From the pull down menu we have a wide range of options. The option that we're going for here is crop. So let's select that. It will deselect all of the other options we have and only turn on the option for crop. Then we can click OK and what that will do is it will crop both of these images in the same way. If we click to the other photograph you can see how this one was cropped. And then if ever we want tocustomize any of the crops, which sometimes you may need to do, we'll just press the c key to access the crop tool. Hold down the shift key to constrain the proportions and then click and drag in.
This one needed to go a little bit further in in order to crop away the darkness that was there on the edge so that we can really then focus in on little Elsie here. Now, of course, we may want to process this image a little bit more, yet my focus here is simply cropping. Last but not least, I want to highlight another way that you can synchronize the settings across multiple files. You can click on one image then hold down command on Mac, control on Windows, and click on the other. Then you can access the crop tool by clicking on the icon or by pressing the c key and you can just crop and drag.
Notice that as I crop this it actually is applying this to both images. Let me make a really dramatic crop here so you can actually see how it's changing this. And here I'll go ahead and crop way into this photograph. And I'm going to do so to just get really close to little Elsie here. Now as I click back and forth between these two photographs you can see how this crop is being applied. Because both of those images were selected at the same time. So that's another way to synchronize those settings is just to select both images and then of course to click and drag that crop area around a little bit.
Double click to apply the crop. Then you may want to go through your photographs which you have open, reaccess the crop tool and just make any needed slight adjustments. Because often when you have a set of photographs they'll be close but they may not be exactly the same. Then double click in order to apply the crop correction to those images. Alright, well, there you have it. There are a few techniques that you can use which will allow you to speed up your cropping when you're interested in cropping multiple photographs.
- Choosing a custom aspect ratio
- Cropping and straightening quickly
- Constraining the crop
- Cropping and rotating
- Resetting or removing a crop
- Changing the orientation
- Using lens correction to straighten a photo
- Resizing with cropping
- Cropping with layer masks
- Creating diptychs and triptychs