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
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
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
If you’ve ever dealt with a professional print fulfillment labs and had a client order a wallet-sized image, you may have run into the Double Crop Conundrum. The standard wallet size is 2.5” x 3.5 “. Conveniently, it shares the same aspect ratio as the venerable 5×7 size print. At first blush, that makes cropping for the wallet-sized print a snap. Right? Wrong! Here’s why:
Setting the Lightroom™ Crop tool to the 5×7 aspect ratio and applying a crop seems like the correct thing to do. Well, it is but it isn’t the last step in the process. We will go ahead and apply this crop and then export the image for upload to our photo lab. In my particular case, this is White House Custom Color.
The resulting photo is the correct proportions and size for the lab to create the wallet-sized prints. Here’s the problem: photo labs don’t print a wallet one-at-a-time like larger size prints. They gang them up into groups of eight and put them on a larger sheet for printing.
Here is a visual example of what your photo lab is actually printing. It is the classic 8-Up wallet print. Printing wallets in this fashion is much more efficient. The problem comes when the wallets need to be separated into individual pictures. No Customer, Photographer or Lab wants to hand cut these photos so it is done by machine using a die cutting device that quickly punches out the individual wallets. This is where the second crop comes into play.
When you load up your image in your lab’s upload platform and select the wallet, this gray box appears, superimposed over your image preview. This is the die cutter’s safe line. The precision of die cutting a sheet of wallets is such that anything within the boundaries of this gray line is subject to being summarily trimmed off. Anything outside the line, well you can just plan on kissing that goodbye. That is the second crop issue with the Approximate Die Cut overlay. If you cropped too tightly in Lightroom while prepping your file, well, back to the drawing board for a recrop and the hope you have enough material left in the original image.
Suppose there was a way in Lightroom to preview the Approximate Die Cut line before you exported your finished crop… you are in luck – there is.
It is possible to assign a graphical overlay on your image within the Loupe and Develop views within Lightroom. This lets you put a graphic such as a logo, a team picture template, a magazine cover or even a cropping guide on top of your photo so that you can insure your layout is what you want before you commit it to a file.
In your Lightroom menu, go to View>Loupe Overlay>Choose Overlay Image> and navigate to a PNG file with transparency that you’ve created for just such an occasion. Here is the PNG file I am using for this overlay.
I created this file in CorelDraw and exported it as a PNG with transparency enabled. It was built on the 5×7 aspect ratio and should work on all 8-Up wallet prints.
Going to View>Loupe Overlay>Show or hitting the [Ctrl/CMD]+[Opt/Alt]+[O] keyboard short cut cycles the overlay on and off. Now you can adjust your crop in the Develop module and compare your results to your lab’s die cut line and get it just right before exporting the file.
You controlled the first crop where you fine-tune the composition and the edges. Now you can control the second crop too (within the boundaries of the approximation of the guide) and ensure that finger don’t become amputated, hair doesn’t get flat-topped or vital elements aren’t squeezed against an unfeeling machine-cut edge.
Note that when you are actually cropping the image, the crop overlay supersedes your Loupe Overlay until the crop is finished. The guide will disappear and not return until your crop is complete. You may have to go back and forth a bit but the visualization of the overlay will help you create the perfect sized and composed file for printing your wallet.
The PNG File above can be clicked upon and saved to your own computer for use in Lightroom. Consider that a free gift from the Cropist. Install it in your Lightroom catalog and never suffer from the Double Crop Conundrum again.
Rikk Flohr © 2015
When I finished the mockup of my latest concept I decided to crop it down to an 8×10 aspect ratio. To aid in composition, I used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom’s™ Crop Overlay for the Fibonacci sequence or Golden Spiral, to which it is sometimes referred. The Crop Overlay is accessed with the [ O ] key and cycling it several times will bring you to this overlay. [Shift][ O ] rotates the spiral through its eight possible incarnations. It becomes then a matter of working your crop to place a strong point of emphasis into the terminus of the spiral.
Rikk Flohr © 2013