Posts tagged "Cropping"

October 17, 2011

A Dozen of my Favorite Little Known Features in PSCS5

In a recent presentation I was asked to share some “lesser” known features from Photoshop CS5. I have noted all of the following in my blog at some point, but here are a dozen of my favorites all together:

1) Changing Brush Size – With a painting tool selected, Control + Option (Mac) – drag left/right in order to decrease/ increase brush size. To decrease/ increase brush hardness, drag up/down. On Windows, Shift + Alt -drag left right to decrease/ increase brush size and up/down decrease/ increase brush hardness.

2) On Screen Color Picker – To access the new HUD color Picker, with a painting tool selected, Control + Option + Command (Mac) -click and drag to select a color. On Windows, Shift + Alt + right-click and drag to select a color. Or, if that shortcut is too much to remember, to display the color picker using a keyboard shortcut, choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts. Under the Shortcuts for “Tools” scroll to the bottom to locate the “Foreground Color Picker ” line item and enter in your own custom keyboard shortcut.

3) The Eyedropper Tool – Clicking in the image area with the Eyedropper tool now displays a sample ring. The “new” color (the one being sampled) is displayed in the upper half of the ring while the current (or foreground color before sampling) is displayed in the bottom half. The ring is surrounded by grey to help neutralize surrounding colors that may influence color choices. The sample ring can be toggled off/on by unchecking/checking Show Sample Ring in the Options bar. Or, if you’re an avid user of Tool presets, make one with the ring turned on, the other with it off. In addition Control (Mac) / Right Mouse (Win) -click to select the Sample Size or Copy the Color as Hex Code or HTML

4) Scrubby Zoom – With the Zoom tool selected, click-drag to the right to zoom in, click-drag to the left to Zoom out. This new feature adds the benefit of being able to quickly zoom in AND zoom out to a specific location, however, if you prefer the legacy behavior (click-drag over the area to zoom into), disable Scrubby Zoom in the Options Bar. In addition, when viewing multiple images simultaneously, Shift -drag with the Hand tool to pan all open documents. Similarly, shift -clicking with the Zoom tool will zoom all images simultaneously. To set this as the default behavior, with the Zoom or Hand tool selected, check the “Zoom all Windows” and/or “Pan all Windows” in the Option bar.

5) Saving 16 Bit Images as JPEG – If you’re working with 16 bit files and want to save them as a JPEG, you can now select the JPEG file format from the list in the Save As dialog box. However, you need to know that saving as a JPEG will convert the file from 16 bit down to 8 bit (as the JPEG file format does not support 16 bit). Note: it is also important to note if you’re saving a layered file as a JPEG, Photoshop will flatten the file as the JPEG file format does not support layers.

6) Saving Files to Their Original Folders  – By default, when saving files, Photoshop will automatically navigate to the folder where the last file was saved. To save files to their original folder, select Preferences > File Handling > and check on the “Save As to Original Folder” option.

7) Auto-Select Parameter for Adjustment Layers  – In order to automatically put the keyboard focus onto the first field in the Adjustment panel, use the fly out menu in the Adjustments panel, and select Auto-Select Parameter (this behavior was added as it is similar to the legacy way of working with image adjustment dialog boxes – as oppose to the adjustment panel). Return (Mac) / Enter (Win) + Shift is another way to put the keyboard focus onto the first field in the Adjustment panel. You can also use a keyboard shortcut to select the Targeted Adjustment Tool while using a Hue/Saturation, Curves, or Black & White adjustment layer, choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts. Under the Shortcuts for “Tools” scroll the towards the bottom of the list to locate the “Targeted Adjustment Tool” line item and enter in your own custom keyboard shortcut.

8)The Crop Tool Overlay – 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.

9) Control Change the Opacity/Fill of Multiple Layers  – Simply select multiple layers in the Layers panel and use the Opacity and/or Fill slider to change the Opacity/Fill of all selected layers at once.

10) Layer Styles – In order to customize the default Layer Style settings, select Layer > Layer Style (or click the fx icon at the bottom of the Layers panel). In the Layer Style dialog, make the desired changes, and click the Make Default button. If you make changes to the style and want to reset the changes to your custom default, click the Reset to Default button.

11) Panorama Stitching  – When using the Auto-Align Layers command Photoshop now leverages lens correction profiles (if applied).

12) Non-rotating Brushes with Rotate View – When using the Rotate View tool to rotate the canvas for easier drawing and painting, the brushes will no longer rotate with the canvas rotation; instead they remain at the orientation of the original artwork regardless of the viewing angle.

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August 31, 2011

LR3 – Crop Tool Overlay

When cropping in the Develop Module, the Crop tool overlay is automatically displayed. To hide the overlay and have it appear only on mouse down, select Tools > Tool Overlay > Auto Show (instead of Always Show).

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June 27, 2011

LR3 – More Cropping Shortcuts

If you crop one image in the Develop module (lets say to a 4 x 5 aspect ratio) and then move to the next image (which has a different aspect ratio), tapping Shift + A applies the same (previously applied) aspect ratio.

And thank you Tony for reminding me that Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) will drag the crop from the center of the image.


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April 27, 2011

LR3 – Applying a Crop to Multiple Images in the Library Module

If you have multiple images selected in the Library module (and are viewing the images in Grid View), you can use the Quick Develop panel to crop all selected images at once (without having to go to the Develop module). Simply click the little black triangle to the right of the Saved Preset to show the Crop Ration and Treatment options. Then, select the desired Crop Ratio from the list. Note: this will crop all selected images to the correct aspect ration, but it might be necessary to use the Develop module to reposition the crop on each image individually.


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April 26, 2011

LR3 – Straightening Images

When using the Crop tool, moving your cursor outside of the Crop changes the icon to a double headed arrow, clicking and dragging (outside of the crop) will rotate the image (straightening a horizon for example).

Command (Mac) / Control (Win) toggles to the Angle tool while cropping. Using a straight line in the image, for reference click and drag over the reference line (such as a horizon) to straighten.

Cmd+ Opt /Ctrl + Alt + drag with the Crop tool swaps to Angle tool and displays an angled Grid Overlay


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April 25, 2011

LR3 – Aspect Ratio and Pixels

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.


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April 22, 2011

LR3 – Aspect Ratios for Cropping

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 addition:

• “X” flips the crop (horizontal to vertical).

• “A” will lock or unlock the aspect ratio.


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April 21, 2011

LR3 – Crop Overlay Shortcuts

“O” cycles through the Crop overlay options.

Shift + O cycles through the crop overlay orientation.


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April 20, 2011

LR3 – Cropping Basics

Here are a few essential cropping shortcuts for Lightroom:

• Access the Crop tool by tapping the R key. Note: even in the Library Module, tapping R will take you to the Develop Module.

• To apply the crop, tap the Return (Mac) /Enter (Win) key.

• Escape removes the crop (or resets the crop to start of editing session of current image).

• Command + Option (Mac) / Control + Alt (Win) + R will reset the crop.



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April 4, 2011

Video Tutorial – Essential Shortcuts for Lightroom’s Develop Module

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.

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March 31, 2011

Tool Presets

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.


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February 3, 2011

Resizing images Using Free Transform, the Crop Tool and Place Command

The interpolation method that is used in Free Transform, the Crop Tool and Place Command can be set in the Preferences > General > Image Interpolation menu.

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June 28, 2010

Toggle Crop / Straighten Tool in ACR

Command (Mac) / Control (Win) with the Crop Tool selected, will temporarily switch to Straighten tool in Adobe Camera Raw

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June 7, 2010

Video Tutorial – Lens Correction & Perspective Correction in Lightroom 3

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.

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May 28, 2010

The Crop Tool Overlay

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.

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