Don’t forget that in Lightroom you aren’t committing to a specific output size when cropping. Instead, you specify the actual number of pixels that are going to be created when you use the Export feature or one of the Output modules (Slideshow, Print or Web) to create a raster (pixel) based image.
While using the Crop tool, you can select from the list of default/preset aspect ratios, or choose Enter Custom from the list and create your own. Lightroom will save the last 5 custom aspect ratios entered.
In this episode, I will demonstrate how to streamline Lightroom 3’s Develop module by taking advantage of my top 10 favorite shortcuts & time-saving features in order to eliminate many of the repetitive image adjustment tasks when editing large volumes of images.
Tool presets can save hours of time a week depending on the tools you use. For example, if you have three different fonts that you use for different clients all at certain sizes with specific alignment options, colors etc., simply set those options and, at the far left of the Options bar, click the tool icon to display the Tool Presets Picker (or select Window > Tool Presets to view the Tool Presets panel). Click the New Preset icon (the dog-eared page icon) to save your preset. You can also click the arrow for a variety of additional options such as saving and loading tool presets that you may share between machines and/or with friends. Obviously Tool Presets go far beyond fonts, as they can save any tool’s options such as cropping sizes, dodge and burn settings,paint brushes etc.
In this video tutorial, Julieanne demonstrated how to improve your images by reducing lens defects like geometric distortion, chromatic aberration, and vignetting. Save time by combining crop, straighten, and perspective correction in one operation.
Note: This tutorial is part of the Lightroom 3 Getting Started Series.
PSCS5 – With the Crop tool selected, drag out the crop marquee and then, in the Options bar, choose Between Rule of Thirds, Grid or None for the Crop Guide Overlay. Note, you must first drag out the crop in the image area for this setting to appear in the Options bar.
When a layer is larger than the canvas size (maybe you dropped a larger file into a smaller composite), Photoshop keeps track of the information beyond the visible canvas. This provides added flexibility if the image needs to be repositioned. However, when working with really large files (for example when I create my digital illustrations, each layer is 24 x 24 inches at 300 ppi and the files often reach greater than 1.5GB very quickly). In order to keep my file size down, as soon as I am certain that I will not change my mind and reposition the image, I choose Select > All and then Image > Crop. This crops any extraneous information beyond the visible canvas size (which is typically significant for my images as I photograph in a 2:3 aspect ratio but my final images are 1:1). Of course you do loose some flexibility so make sure that you are happy with each layer’s position before cropping!
The Crop tool in Camera Raw works similar Photoshop, however there are a few differences.
• Position the curser outside of the crop marquee (the icon will change to the double headed arrow), and drag to rotate/straighten.
• Escape will remove or cancel the crop.
• In order to set an aspect ratio for the Crop tool, click and hold the Crop tool icon and select Custom from the drop down. Changing the Crop options to Inches will enable the option to open at a specific size (when used in combination with the resolution in the Workflow Settings).
When compositing several images into one document I often find that a portion of a layer will end up being positioned outside of the visible image area. Photoshop, of course, is still keeping track of this information (in case I choose to reposition the layer), but when I’m certain that I will no longer need it, I will choose Select > All and then Image > Crop. This eliminates unnecessary information outside or beyond the visible image area and will typically help to keep my file size more manageable
One can always select Image > Canvas Size in order to numerically add or subtract to the width or height of your image. But if you would rather eyeball it, try using the Crop tool. Drag out a crop marquee and release the mouse. Then, grab one of the anchor points and drag it beyond the visible image area. When the crop is applied,the area outside of the image and within the crop marquee will be added to the image canvas.
Note: If you can’t drag the crop outside of the image because the image windows is in the way, try zooming out or using full screen mode.
To add transparency around the image (instead of filling the added space with the background color) convert the Background into a layer by dragging the Lock icon to the trash before cropping.