Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video The most important crop setting, part of Photoshop and Lightroom: Cropping.
In this movie, I want to introduce you to how we can begin to work with the crop tool in Photoshop, in order to crop and recompose our photographs. And in particular, I want to highlight a really important crop tool option that you want to make sure to turn off. And we'll also talk about how we can crop our image and maintain the current aspect ratio. And then apply a more free form crop as well, which isn't limited to the current aspect ratio. I will's select the crop tool by pressing the C key on the keyboard, or by clicking on the crop tool icon.
Whenever you select a tool in the Tools panel, you notice that you have different options for that tool. We'll be talking about all of these options throughout this chapter Yet here in this first movie, I want to highlight a very important option, it's this one here. Delete Cropped Pixels. Now if you turn that option on, what will happen is when you crop the image, it will forever delete all of that area which has been cropped away. Yet, if you leave this turned off. You can then crop your photograph, and you can always re-crop the image later.
You will always have access to the original file if you leave that option turned off, which will give you more flexibility and also allow you to be more creative as you start to crop and recompose your pictures. So what I recommend you do is that you definitely leave this option turned off so that you have more flexibility. When it comes to cropping in Photoshop. I'm going to zoom out on this image, you can do so by pressing Cmd+Minus on a Mac, or Ctrl+Minus on Windows. And I just want to do that so we can see the entire image for a moment.
Here you can see the original aspect ratio. What I want to do is crop this image and maintain this aspect ratio. To do that simply hold down the Shift key and then position your cursor near any of these corners. When you do that, you'll notice that your cursor will change, well then you can click and drag, as you click and drag it will maintain that current aspect ratio then you can let go and click in the image area and you can drag or reposition that around. Now one way that you can apply this crop to your photograph is to double-click inside of the crop area.
Let me zoom back in on the picture by pressing Cmd+Plus on a Mac or Ctrl+ Plus on Windows. Then I'll press the Space Bar key to click and drag to reposition that. Well here we can see our new composition based on the way that we cropped this photograph. We can also crop this image in a way which isn't dependent upon that current aspect ratio, to do that let's reactivate the crop tool by simply clicking on it here in the tools panel, well now that we have reactivated we can position our cursor over any of the corners or the edges of this crop graphic.
And then we can just click and drag. In doing that you can see that if we let go of the Shift key and drag from any of these sides, well this will allow us to create just a bit more of a free form crop as I'm doing here. I'm going to go ahead and create a crop which is much closer. And then again to apply this crop, we can double click in the crop area, or on a Mac, you can press Return, on Windows you can press Enter. Or you can also click on the check box, which is located right here in the options bar. Well, let's go ahead and apply that crop.
And then zoom in on the photograph a little bit, so that we can see this one better. And here you can see, we can start to work with the crop tool with a lot of flexibility. If we leave this option turned off, Delete Cropped Pixels. And then start to work with the way that we crop the image. Last, but not least, if ever we want to re-crop the image, we can just click on the crop tool, that will then bring back those overlay graphics. When we click on those, it will then reactivate that so that we can see our crop area and also the other area of the image which we have here to work with.
- 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