When we crop we remove pixels. Anti-cropping adds pixels back for composition’s sake. Consider the example before and after images shown below. The first image is an out-of-camera capture. The bird is hitting the left edge and violating the rule of space. There is no space into which the bird can move. The second image is our anti-cropped version with a much-improved composition. Watch the video at the end of the article to see a demo on how this was accomplished in just a few seconds.
The bird leaps out of frame. How can we save this crop?
Watch the three minute tutorial video embedded below or on the Fleeting Glimpse Youtube Channel to see the step-by-step.
Various content-aware features in PS CS4 and CS5 have changed the compositional game when it comes to cropping. I will be showing some more content-aware cropping tricks in future articles.
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