Today’s found on the net article is by my friend Julieanne Kost. In it, she details shortcuts an techniques for getting the most out of Photoshop’s crop tools. Give it a read.
Rikk Flohr © 2017
Here’s a quick tutorial from the Lightroom Coffee Break series featuring Ben Warde.
One of the great things about applications on the web is that they can iterate faster than a mobile device application and much faster than a desktop application. That is why you often see advances moving more quickly in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom ™ for the web than you do in ‘for mobile’ and ‘for desktop’. For the bolder folks in the crowd, Adobe offers the ability to turn on Technology Previews where you can kick the tires on various features before they are released to the masses.
If you have an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, you have access to Lightroom for web. Go to http://lightroom.adobe.com and log in with your Adobe ID. All of your previously synced pictures will appear along with some other goodies. (1) if you click on the Lightroom icon in the upper left, you will see a menu with options appear. (2) Technology Previews appears on this list. Click it.
Here, you will find a list of available Technology Previews you can activate and test out in your mobile workflow. On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, Adobe made available a new web-based feature called Suggested Crop. Click on the box and then on Apply Changes. Now, when you invoke the edit command on an image in Lightroom for web, you will get the Suggested Crop feature.
Here’s a quick screen grab showing the location of the new tool in the web interface.
Zooming in, you can see that a group of suggested crops appear. Clicking on them will modify the existing crop on your image. Sometimes, more than one crop will be available at a particular aspect ratio so remember to click each button a couple of times. This is a new technology that is analyzing your image and attempting to give you aesthetically pleasing crops following classical rules while matching the aspect ratio you need. You can still crop as you have always done but now have this new tool as an alternative.
Because it is a work in progress, your feedback is very important. On the Technology Preview activation screen is a place to leave feedback. Please do so!
While Suggested Crop might not give you a better result than your careful tweaking and retweaking, it is worth considering for quick down-n-dirty crops to fit a specific ratio. Give it a try.
Rikk Flohr © 2016
Along with the normal updates for new camera support, new lens support, bug fixes and the like, there are a couple of important changes to Lightroom with his update.
Both the Perpetual License holders and the Creative Cloud subscribers will notice there is a new panel in the Develop module.
Transform now appears, tucked neatly between Lens Corrections and Effects. The Upright functions have been migrated from the Lens Corrections to the Transform panel. The Manual tab adjustments from the Lens Corrections panel have been moved to the new Transform panel as well. The Lens Correction panel is now simplified from four tabs to two leaving Profile and Manual as the only tabs left. Lens correction adjustments and chromatic aberration reduction are the primary functions of the Lens Correction Panel now.
For those of you in the Creative Cloud family, there is a new tool in addition to these changes: The Guided Upright Tool!
The Guided Upright tool lives in the upper left corner and gives you the ability to draw straight lines on your image. Simply use the tool to click and then drag along a line in your image that should be vertical and release. Drawing two vertical correction lines will cause Lightroom to automatically correct your scenes perspective. Use Aspect to fine-tune your image’s apparent width.
As you can see in the example, two lines correct the perspective of this shot by forcing what I want to be vertical, to vertical! You can draw two lines for vertical correction and two lines to correct horizontal perspective.
In this example, I’ve used four lines to correct the four sides of the door frame – two horizontal and two vertical. In addition, you have the ability use the Transform tools to tweak your automatic corrections via either Upright or the Guided Upright tool.
You are limited to four guide lines: two each, horizontal and vertical.
Anytime you correct for distortion or perspective you are removing pixels from the rectangular final image format: the essence of this tool’s exposure in Holy Crop! You can either use the Scale slider in the Transform section of the new Transform panel or click the Constrain Crop option with which Lightroom users are so familiar to remove the excess empty space spawned in these types of transformations.
One of the coolest parts of this new tool is that you can zoom in to apply it. How often have we wished the Level tool in the Crop panel would allow us to zoom in on an image to use it? The Guided Upright guides can be inserted, deleted and tweaked all while zoomed in on your wonky image.
In the image above, the image is zoomed 1:1 to allow for more precise placement of the guides.
All in all, this is a great new tool for wide-angle photographers, particularly those whose subject matter skews architecturally. The ante has been upped for correcting perspective in Lightroom. A tool like this was long overdue and very welcome.
Rikk Flohr © 2016
Adobe has announced the release of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC2015.4/6.4. This update provides the usual new camera support, new lens support, bug fixes, performance enhancements, and new camera tethering support. Complete details can be found at the Lightroom Journal Blog.
The cool announcement as far as Holy Crop! is concerned is a new feature for the Creative Cloud subscribers of Lightroom. And, it is a Crop-Related Tool!
Below the Auto Crop check box is a new slider called Boundary Warp. Boundary Warp is a new feature that allows you to deal with the irregular boundaries left after stitching together a panorama. You can see in the three-image sample stitch above that there are white spaces (transparent areas) left top and bottom after invoking Photo Merge. Sliding the Boundary Warp slider off of zero, Lightroom will attempt to fill in these transparent areas – intelligently.
As I slide the Boundary Warp slider toward 100, portions of the image expand to remove the empty areas left by the stitching process – all without leaving Lightroom! If you want to avoid creating a massive Tiff file and round-tripping to Photoshop, this is a good option. Formerly Auto Crop would chop off the extra pixels to eliminate the empty space or you could use Photoshop Content Aware Fill to work those image out. The beauty of Boundary Warp is in the DNG File that is your result. No baked-in settings of a Tiff and no huge disk space requirements are your benefits. Give it a try!
Rikk Flohr © 2016
If you are a Creative Cloud subscriber (perhaps to the Creative Cloud Photographer’s Program) and you have synced your images for use with Lightroom for Mobile on your Android or iOS devices, you now have access to Lightroom for Web too! That may be old news but…
New in Lightroom for Web are the develop tools you need to start fine-tuning your images.
For you Cropists in the crowd, you can now sync a file from your Lightroom for Desktop catalog to your Lightroom for Web. When you bring up an image in LR4W, you now have the option to edit these files within a web browser. Those edits will sync back to your desktop master catalog and all of your synced devices. How cool is that?
As you can see, my favorite tool, the Crop tool is now at your browser-based fingertips! Crop from anywhere and sync it throughout your Lightroom ecosystem.
Rikk Flohr © 2015